Virginia Offshore Wind Executive Summit

Friday, Sept. 21, 2018

Hilton Norfolk
The Main 100 East Main St. Norfolk, VA

Virginia is often considered the ‘sleeping giant’ of offshore wind.

Beware: the giant is about to wake! With 112,799 acres of commercial area already leased and the potential to support more than 2,000 megawatts of wind generation, Virginia is all about scale. The Business Network for Offshore Wind and the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter are co-organizing the one day 2018 Virginia Offshore Wind Executive Summit to bring together the supply-chain business community with federal and state government officials to accelerate Virginia’s inclusion of large-scale offshore wind within the state’s energy mix.


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The Executive Summit’s program includes:

  • BREAKFAST BRIEFING - Overview of the benefits from transitioning to a clean energy economy along with the past, present and future of federal lease offshore wind areas
  • INVENTORY OF VIRGINIA’S ASSETS - Ingredients for success: a lease area with good resources, a developer, port infrastructure, good policies, and a skilled workforce
  • A REMINDER OF THE IMPORTANCE OF OFFSHORE WIND FOR VIRGINIA - The visions from public leaders: state to city
  • INSIGHTS INTO DEVELOPING THE SUPPLY CHAIN - Matching the needs of the developer with services and products that meet industry standards with respect to quality and time
  • BREAKOUT SESSIONS WITH A DEEPER DIVE INTO ADVANCING - Time for participants’ voices to be heard!
    • THE SUPPLY CHAIN - preparing to mobilize
    • FAVORABLE STATE POLICIES - what more is required and how to get it done?
    • INFRASTRUCTURE - what do we need right now and what future plans should be made?
    • JOB CREATION - what, by whom and when?
  • PROMOTING THE VIRGINIA PROPOSITION & STEPS TO ‘SCALING UP’ - Scale directly impacts the degree of competitiveness. Virginia was once a ‘first mover’ and needs to move to regain a leadership position for the state, mid-Atlantic and the nation. Working together, can we make it happen?
  • Networking reception - Talk to the speakers, round-table fellows, and make new acquaintances to start strengthening the offshore wind supply chain.


  • Governor Ralph Northam
  • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • Department of Commerce and Trade
  • Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy
  • Norfolk City Council
  • Dominion Power
  • Advanced Energy Economy
  • Ørsted
  • Ramboll
  • PMI
  • Bechtel
  • American Jobs Project
  • Renewable Resources International
  • VA Economic Development Partnership
  • Blank Rome
  • Old Dominion University
  • The Port of Virginia


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Mark Rice, CEO - Maritime Applied Physics Corporation

"The Business Network has introduced us to a number of people in the industry and made connections that are invaluable in terms of teaming, finding supply opportunities with developers and actually and moving into other parts of the world."

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