On May 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded Dominion Virginia Power up to $47 million over four years to deploy innovative, grid-connected offshore wind turbines. The demonstration project, located 26 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, will install two 6-MW direct-drive wind turbines by 2017.
Offshore wind development in the United States has been hampered by high costs, technical issues, and permitting challenges. Dominion will be on the forefront evaluating the long-term potential of this extensive renewable resource. If successful, these demonstration projects are intended to provide the insights that will lower costs, drive greater performance, and clear hurdles to installing more utility-scale turbines in U.S. waters.
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