Partnerships

Workforce Training

Training the Workforce of Tomorrow

CVOW is groundbreaking in many ways, but its true impacts are much larger. The pilot is the only project developed and owned by an electric utility and the first project installed in federal waters. The commercial project will be the largest offshore wind farm in the U.S. once fully operational in 2026. And it will create hundreds of good-paying clean energy jobs, millions in tax revenues and hundreds of millions in economic benefits.

To ensure CVOW and the offshore wind industry has a well-trained and qualified workforce in Virginia, we are supporting future generations through our education partnerships. The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, Dominion Energy’s philanthropic organization, has also provided grant funding to the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project to train the next generation of clean energy employees through an Offshore Wind for Students initiative. Find out more about our work with NEED and others on our Educators page.

Dominion Energy is also working with the Hampton Roads Workforce Council, K-12 educators, community colleges, colleges and universities, North American Building Trades Union and their state affiliate, Virginia Building Trades and other partners throughout the region to help train today’s workforce and the next generation of clean energy employees. Through collaboration and partnerships with Virginia’s educational institutions, we're helping build a pipeline of talent in skilled trades, engineering, supply chain management and ship building and repair. 

Investing in Virginia's workforce and future generations will create good-paying clean energy jobs and long-lasting economic benefits. Investing in sustainable energy means Dominion Energy is paving the way for an equitable clean energy future for us all. Visit our Become a Supplier page or our Educators page to learn more.

CVOW will create hundreds of good-paying clean energy jobs, millions in tax revenues and hundreds of millions in economic benefits

Old Dominion University

ODU’s Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography and OpenSeas Technology Innovation Hub have played leading roles in supporting these projects. As construction continues to progress, the university views it as an integral component of its overall maritime strategy.

Tidewater Community College

Since 2010, we’ve worked with Tidewater Community College to build a curriculum for renewable energy education. This program prepares students for a career in the design, installation and maintenance of alternative energy systems.

Mid-Atlantic Wind Training Alliance

In October 2020, Governor Ralph Northam announced the formation of a new workforce training collaborative that will offer industry required certifications necessary for the operation and long-term maintenance of wind power projects.

Union Labor

Dominion Energy and the North America’s Building Trade Unions, along with their state affiliate Virginia Building Trades, reaffirmed their commitment to the participation of a unionized workforce in the construction of CVOW, as well as utilizing local workers; the hiring, apprenticeship, and training of veterans; and the use of workers from historically economically disadvantaged communities.