Virginia Business

In 2019, ODU and the Virginia Department of Energy signed a memorandum of understanding for the state’s offshore wind projects, including Dominion’s wind farm. As part of that agreement, ODU has organized the Commonwealth Offshore Wind Task Force, which brings together more than 200 partners from across the state to examine all aspects of building a brand-new industry.

Paul Olsen, executive director of programs and partnerships for ODU’s office of research, co-leads the task force with Jennifer Palestrant of Virginia Energy. Olsen sees offshore wind as the next big “megaproject” that will demand the focus of the entire Hampton Roads region.

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