ODU, Sierra Club to host town hall about offshore wind

NORFOLK — Old Dominion University and the Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club will host a town hall meeting on offshore wind development.

The meeting will highlight plans for the nation’s first wind turbines in federal waters off Virginia’s coast.

Dominion Energy recently announced that the company will start the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind pilot project this month to build two wind turbines.

A panel discussion will include experts from ODU, Dominion Energy, the Port of Virginia, Tidewater Community College and others.

John Warren, director of the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, will moderate the discussion.

The program will feature remarks from ODU President John R. Broderick and Thomas Brostrøm, president at Ørsted North America.

A panel of experts from ODU, Dominion Energy, the Port of Virginia and Tidewater Community College, among others, will take a deep dive into the tremendous opportunities for Hampton Roads to reinvent itself with offshore wind development by capitalizing on clean energy generation and job growth.

John Warren, director of the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME), will moderate the discussion.

Warren and Broderick will also ceremonially sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the University and the DMME to provide a broad selection of research and support to the Commonwealth.

Additional partners include the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and ReInvent Hampton Roads.

The meeting will on Tuesday, May 28 at the university’s Ted Constant Convocation Center. It is free and open to the public.

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