The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) has selected BVG Associates to help develop strategies to strengthen Virginia’s position in attracting the offshore wind supply chain and service industry to the Commonwealth.
The firm’s work will build on Virginia’s advantages and opportunities as well as provide recommendations to further enhance the Commonwealth’s port assets and maritime workforce.
“It’s time for Virginia to take significant steps forward to secure our clean energy future, and I look forward to working with BVG Associates to establish Virginia as the prime location for the offshore wind industry, from the supply chain to the full build-out of Virginia’s offshore wind resources,” said Virginia’s Governor Ralph Northam.
“We hope that this effort will help enhance Hampton Roads’ unmatched port infrastructure and high-quality maritime workforce and ultimately lead to substantial economic and job growth in the Commonwealth.”
DMME issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in May seeking offshore wind industry expertise to assist the Commonwealth in its planning regarding industry supply chain, port infrastructure requirements, build-out of the various offshore wind supply chain sectors, and long-term maritime service needs.
“BVG Associates will assist Virginia in its aggressive pursuit of offshore wind supply chain and service industry business interests along the East Coast,” said Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy Director John Warren.
As part of this effort, BVG Associates is leveraging its North American and global partners with offshore wind industry experience, including Ramboll Group A/S, Timmons Group, Greentree Consulting, LLC, and the Business Network for Offshore Wind.
“DMME’s comprehensive leadership role, reinforced by Virginia’s unique operational and economic advantages, will enable the offshore wind industry not only in Virginia but all along the U.S. East Coast,” said BVG Associates Advisory Director Andy Geissbuehler.
“BVG Associates and its partners are excited to combine European experiences and U.S. expertise to collaborate with Virginia to plan leveraging its assets towards a location of choice for the offshore wind supply chain and service industry.”