VIRGINIA BEACH (WAVY) — Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer delivered the annual State of the City address on Wednesday, and talked about some big things happening in the city, including the Dominion Energy offshore wind project.
The latest plans for the project call for a $8 billion project, with 188 wind turbines off the coast of Virginia by 2026.
The event was held virtually at www.VBgov.com/media and on the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce’s YouTube channel. You can watch the full speech above.
Dyer acknowledged the pain of the shutdowns came on the heels of another pain: the tragic mass shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center.
In Wednesday’s state of the city, Dyer highlighted the efforts Virginia Beach city leaders made to residents through the pandemic like tax relief, mortgage assistance, and suspending turning off city services due to late payments.
The mayor anticipates a record year for the tourism industry, hit hard by the pandemic.
Dyer also sees hope on the horizon in the form of two wind turbines churching 27 miles off the coast.
The pilot project launched with Dominion Energy in 2020 now powers 3,000 homes.
“With this focus, we can meet our ongoing commitment to ensure Virginia Beach is a place for our kids to call home,” said Dyer.
Plans are in the works for 188 turbines that will eventually power 660,000 homes and businesses onshore, bringing more jobs and industry to the region. Dyer predicts Virginia Beach will be a leader in the renewable energy sector.
In other Virginia Beach news, the city will spend an extra $9 million for a “world class” concert venue planned for the former Dome site. Capacity will increase from 3,500 people to nearly 6,000 with the addition of large doors that open up to outdoor seating. WAVY’s Brett Hall has more on the project.