Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority
The Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority (VOWDA) was established for the purposes of facilitating, coordinating, and supporting the development of the offshore wind energy industry, offshore wind energy projects, and related supply chain opportunities. VOWDA was granted the authority through its enabling legislation to:
- collect relevant metocean and environmental data,
- identify existing state and regulatory or administrative barriers to the development of the offshore wind energy industry,
- work in cooperation with relevant local, state, and federal agencies to upgrade port and other logistical facilities and sites to accommodate the manufacturing and assembly of offshore wind energy project components and vessels, and
- to ensure that the development of wind power projects is compatible with other ocean uses, such as naval facilities and operations, NASA-Wallops Flight Facility operations, shipping lanes, recreational and commercial fisheries, and avian and marine species and habitats.
VOWDA, in partnership with relevant state and federal entities will recommend ways to encourage and expedite the development of the offshore wind energy industry. More information, including reports and notices of upcoming VOWDA meetings can be found on the VOWDA website.