Avangrid Renewables is seeking federal permit to build the Kitty Hawk offshore wind project in Virginia and the Carolinas in the US.
For the project, the company submitted a Construction and Operations Plan (COP) to the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).
The Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind project will have a capacity of 800MW in the first phase.
Upon completion all phases which are planned to be undertaken between 2021 and 2030, the offshore wind project will have a total generation capacity of up to 2,500MW.
The capacity will be enough to power 700,000 homes – approximately four times the number of households in Virginia Beach — with clean energy.
Avangrid Renewables’ head of US offshore wind Bill White said: “We’re proud to be the first to submit a federal permit for a commercial scale offshore wind project in Virginia and the Carolinas.
“Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind will deliver clean energy to customers in the region and significant economic benefits and quality jobs for decades to come.”
Kitty Hawk project to create 800 jobs in Virginia and North Carolina
The COP submitted by the subsidiary of AVANGRID includes the findings from an economic impact study (EIS), conducted by the Public Strategy Group.
The findings estimates significant economic and employment benefits from the construction of Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind’s multiple phases.
Apart from creating nearly 800 jobs in Virginia and North Carolina, the offshore wind project is expected to produce $2bn in economic impact between 2021 and 2030.
It is expected to create nearly 600 jobs in the Hampton Roads region which includes southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.
“The offshore wind industry presents tremendous opportunity to the Hampton Roads region,” said Doug Smith, president and CEO of the Hampton Roads Alliance.
“I look forward to working with Avangrid Renewables as they develop the Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind project and deliver substantial economic benefits to the Hampton Roads region.”