Northam announces offshore wind demonstration project
NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) -- Virginia is taking a step toward harnessing wind to make power. Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday announced a new offshore wind demonstration project for Virginia's coastal. Dominion is partnering with Ørsted, a Denmark-based energy company, to build two six-megawatt wind turbines 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. Northam said Ørsted contracted a research vessel called Gerry Bordelon to conduct a geophysical studies of the proposed site for the turbines.The ship will explore the ocean floor to see where wind turbines can be placed. The Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project will pave the way for wind power that could end up powering up to half a million homes. The ship will scan the ocean floor for a demonstration project. If that project is successful, then it would open up commercial wind development off Virginia's coast. In a special report in May, Northam told 10 On Your Side how opposed he was to offshore oil drilling. At that time, he said other energy sources were better for Virginia. Chris Horne will have more coverage on the announced project tonight on WAVY News 10.