Dominion Commends Signing of Legislation Creating Virginia Offshore Wind Authority

The authority would promote the development of the offshore wind power industry in Virginia and identify potential barriers to wind energy development, among other things.

Mary C. Doswell, senior vice president-Alternative Energy Solutions, said:

"As a company that is carefully examining the feasibility of building wind farms offshore, Dominion is pleased that Gov. McDonnell has signed legislation creating the Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority. To meet future electric demand in Virginia, the state needs a variety of generating sources, including wind turbines. The authority will address critical issues – such as transmission capability and installation of meteorological towers – that could pave the way for wind energy development off the coast of Virginia."

Dominion owns 282 megawatts of operational wind capacity – 132 megawatts in Mount Storm wind farm, W.Va., and 150 megawatts in Fowler wind farm, Ind. The company is also in the early stages of developing additional wind power generation in Illinois, Indiana and Virginia.

Dominion is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of more than 27,500 megawatts of generation, 12,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline and 6,000 miles of electric transmission lines.

Dominion operates the nation’s largest natural gas storage system with 942 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves retail energy customers in 12 states.