Virginia has signed an agreement with Denmark for boosting the offshore wind farm industry
Recently, Virginia has signed the (MoU)Memorandum of Understanding with Denmark in Ralph Northam’s office, Governor of Virginia, The purpose of the partnership is to boost the offshore wind industry.
Secretary of Commerce and Trade (SOCT), Brian Ball and Dan Jørgensen, minister of the Danish Ministry of Climate Energy and Utilities signed the agreement on Thursday morning. On the same day evening, Northam’s office has released information about the agreement.
The agreement says about the partnership between Virginia and Denmark to “share knowledge of challenges, successes, and best practices when it comes to developing offshore wind and its supply chain in each location.”
“We have purposely worked to position Virginia as a leader in offshore wind. Off our coast, we have the first turbines in federal waters, and we have two major wind farmers in development. Our Port of Virginia will the launching point for turbine components on the East Coast. We are well-positioned to continue growing in this area,” said Ralph Northam.
“Denmark has the highest proportion of wind power in the world, and we can learn a great deal from their experience. I thank Denmark for its cooperation and look forward to working together to build this new industry, promote clean energy, and create jobs right here in the Commonwealth,” he added.
Virginia and Denmark will work together for finding ways for developing the offshore wind industry quickly and efficiently. They are also planning to look at the bigger projects such as renewable energy, mitigating climate change, and energy security.
Back in 2020, Virginia installed their first two wind turbines in federal waters. Before that, In 2009, Virginia started its work for offshore wind development. This area will be a nice spot for the development of two major wind farms. The development of the farms is in progress.
When the development of the first offshore wind farm is completed in 2026, the Coastal Virginia Offshore Windfarm will become the largest offshore wind farm in the U.S. By 2026, the farm will be capable of generating 2.6 gigawatts of power.
The second offshore wind farm, Kitty Hawk offshore wind farm will be developed by Avangrid Renewables will have the capacity to produce 2.5 gigawatts of power.
Minister for Climate, Energy, and Utilities, Jørgensen “Virginia’s ambition and Denmark’s experience make a perfect partnership. I am therefore very pleased that Denmark and Virginia now establishes new cooperation on offshore wind. Virginia has made an ambitious decision to build a 2.6-gigawatt offshore wind farm by 2026. I hope that our long regulatory experiences within offshore wind can contribute to a successful undertaking in Virginia. At the same time, Denmark can be inspired by new and innovative approaches. Together, we stand stronger in the green transition.”
Ørsted and Rose Holm Inc are the two Danish firms Virginia has in the state.
In January 2020, Ralph Northam announced an agreement with Ørsted to lease the portion of Portsmouth Marine Terminal for offshore wind staging materials and equipment. The lease is expected to run through 2026 as Ørsted installs nearly 3,000 megawatts of wind energy projects in the United States.
“Having built the world’s first offshore wind farm in Denmark and installed America’s first turbines in federal waters, our Ørsted team is proud the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Kingdom of Denmark have partnered to help advance the U.S. offshore wind industry. Building a sustainable offshore wind energy industry in the U.S. requires both international experience and local expertise. This partnership formally establishes the dialogue to achieve this and will help ensure a strong clean energy future that creates good-paying jobs,” said David Hardy, CEO of Ørsted Offshore North America.
“We are grateful to Denmark for offering their expertise. With over 6,000 wind turbines in their country, they bring a lot to the table. Virginia is all in for offshore wind and our passion for ensuring the success of this industry teamed with their experience in harnessing the wind industry will certainly make an impact on future development,” said Jennifer Palestrant, Virginia Energy Chief Deputy.
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