Virginia Offshore Wind E-News: February 2018
Posted by Web Master 6 on February 9, 2018 5:20 PM EST
Dear Virginia Offshore Wind Supporter:
2018 is barely one month old and already lots of exciting offshore wind plans announced.
Two Governors - New Jersey's Governor Phil Murphy and New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo - each made big announcements concerning their respective states' offshore wind plans.
Gov. Cuomo released the first-in-the-nation Master Plan intended to guide New York's development of 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind by 2030. The state will also invest $15 million to train workers for offshore wind jobs and develop port infrastructure.
Gov. Murphy issued an Executive Order calling on the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Board of Public Utilities to develop 3,500 megawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030. This potentially powers 1 million homes with clean energy.
So, what say you, Governor Northam?! <insert smiley face>
I, along with David Carr with the Southern Environmental Law Center and Chuck DeCuir with the Virginia Offshore Wind Coalition, recently submitted a briefing paper on offshore wind to our new Governor. We have met with a couple of administration officials to discuss the paper, including Secretary of Natural Resources Matt Strickler and DMME Chief Deputy Will Payne. We hope to meet with other officials, especially ones within the Secretary of Commerce and Trade office and with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.
Our briefing paper makes a few specific recommendations for Governor Northam, including a call for Virginia to develop 2,000 megawatts by 2030 and to tap DMME to work with the Port of Virginia and VEDP to develop a Virginia offshore wind Master Plan - a detailed roadmap outlining the steps and a timeline necessary to establish Hampton Roads as a major offshore wind industry hub for Atlantic projects.
At the same time, the Sierra Club has commissioned BVG Associates (authors of Virginia's OSW Port Readiness Study) to prepare a "Vision" document that informs and influences a political and advocacy-oriented readership and provides a compelling case supporting Virginia's production of 2,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2030. BVG's analysis will considers the pipeline of projects along the Atlantic, the industry intelligence built from the growth of the European market, along with the future benefits from a maturing local supply chain. The goal with this Vision document is to inspire decision makers and activists via a simple yet compelling case supporting the very real possibility of Virginia's production of 2,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2030.
Stay tuned! Exciting things to come.
Eile e n Levandoski
Offshore Energy Program Director
Sierra Club Virginia Chapter