Siemens Gamesa to build the US’ largest offshore wind energy project


US utility Dominion Energy has selected Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy for the provision of turbines to be used in developing what is considered to be the largest offshore wind energy project in the US.

The offshore wind energy project will be located 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach and produce enough energy to power 650,000 homes.

The 2,600MW project is expected to be completed in 2026 and will help Virginia state to create jobs and achieve energy sustainability goals.

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“Virginia state agencies have been tasked to develop a plan to produce 30% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Offshore wind is a fast-growing and important contributor to meet this goal,” says Steve Dayney, Head of Offshore North America at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.

By selecting a turbine supplier for the project, Dominion Energy is now able to submit the project’s Construction and Operations Plan to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in late 2020.

Siemens Gamesa and Dominion will work together to develop mechanisms that will help reduce the cost of the project.

Commenting on the selection of Siemens, Mark D. Mitchell, Dominion Energy’s vice president of generation construction, said: “We look forward to continuing our relationship as we bring clean, renewable energy to our customers and support Governor Ralph Northam’s commitment to have Virginia lead the way in offshore wind.”

Dominion Energy has set a goal of reducing carbon emissions from its electric fleet by 55% by 2030 and 80% by 2050.