Statement of Governor Bob McDonnell on Virginia Companies Receiving Federal Grants to Advance Offshore Wind Development in Virginia
RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement today following news that two projects in Virginia to speed the development of offshore wind farms will receive federal funding.
"I am pleased that The U.S. Department of Energy awarded to two companies based in Richmond $4.6 million to advance the development of offshore wind energy projects in the Commonwealth. The $4.1 million grant to Alstom Power Inc. to develop an advanced turbine control system, and the $500,000 grant to Dominion to analyze a hypothetical 600-megawatt offshore wind project for performance and cost-of-energy estimates will help us to pursue the development of Virginia's natural assets off the Virginia coastline. These projects are part of our effort to partner with the private sector to add affordable, safe, clean wind energy to the portfolio of solutions to our growing energy needs.
"While offshore wind energy will not solve our nation's dependence on foreign sources of energy, it is a key element in our 'all of the above' approach to developing available domestic resources to meet our energy needs.
"We are pleased that the Department of Energy recognizes the need to bring down the cost of offshore wind power, if this valuable domestic energy resource is going to be developed. And, we are excited that two important Virginia companies are participating in this work and have received support for their proposals along with 41 projects from 20 states."
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