Dominion to get $47m for offshore wind turbines

Wind turbines are silhouetted by the setting sun Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, near Beaumont, Kan. The turbines are part of the 100-unit Elk River Wind Farm in south central Kansas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Wind turbines are silhouetted by the setting sun Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, near Beaumont, Kan. The turbines are part of the 100-unit Elk River Wind Farm in south central Kansas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WAVY) — Dominion Virginia Power is receiving up to $47 million from the U.S. Energy Department to help pay for the construction of two offshore wind turbines.

Announced Wednesday, the funding over the next four years will finance the construction of two 6-megawatt wind turbines for a so-called demonstration project. They will produce enough electricity to power up to 3,000 homes.

The DOE says the turbines will be sited 26 miles off the coast. They will use a twisted jacked foundation intended to test turbines in harsh offshore conditions such as hurricanes.

“Virginia is an ideal hub for offshore wind – not only because of its optimal geography, but also for its manufacturing capacity, technical expertise, and strong commitment across industry, academia, and government,” said Senator Tim Kaine. “Today’s announcement is an exciting step toward a future powered by clean energy and supported by reliable American jobs.”

Dominion holds the lease on a vast tract of ocean bottom about 25 miles off the coast for the development of wind energy.

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