Department of Environmental Quality
Notice of Intent from Poseidon Atlantic LLC for a Small Wind Energy Project
On October 31, 2011, Poseidon Atlantic LLC (Poseidon Atlantic) submitted a notice of intent (NOI) to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for a small wind energy project. In accordance with 9VAC15-40-30.A.1 of the Small Renewable Energy Projects (Wind) Permit by Rule Regulations, an NOI is to be furnished, as early in the project development process as practicable, to the DEQ and is to be published in the Virginia Register, as notification that Poseidon Atlantic intends to submit the necessary documentation for a permit by rule for a small renewable wind energy project in accordance with 9VAC15-40.
Proposed Project: Poseidon Atlantic is proposing to develop and construct a wind turbine electric energy generation and testing facility in Northampton County, Virginia. This will be an on land development but mainly meant for energy generation by new offshore wind turbines, including measurement and certification services for those turbines.
Proposed Site Location: Near Eastville, Virginia, in Northampton County. Boundary Coordinates of the proposed site are:
37d 24m 50s N, 75d 53m 00s W
37d 24m 50s N, 75d 55m 50s W
37 d 20m 14s N, 75d 54m 20s W
37d 20m 14s N, 75d 56m 10s W
Proposed Turbine Size: In detailed field studies, there are three possible turbine lines of up to 4-6 turbines per line positioned in the polygon area limited by the above coordinates. The final goal is develop up to 10 turbine positions; therefore, not all of the identified lines will be fully used. The turbines will have tip heights of up to 750 feet and range in size from 2MW to 10MW per turbine. When fully populated, the site is expected to generate up to 50MW of wind energy production power.
Current Project Status: Poseidon Atlantic is in the initial stage of discussions with land owners and has signed letters of intent with some. The letter of intent stipulates the company’s intentions to negotiate a land lease agreement for the project. The Northampton County Board of Supervisors and a Special Planning Commission have prepared and adopted a Wind Ordinance. Poseidon Atlantic has worked constructively with Northampton County over the last months and expects that their plans will comply with the county ordinance. Additionally, the company has announced its plans to the Department of Defense, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Energy, and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Company Information: Poseidon Atlantic has strong partners with Ecofys, which owns and operates a European wind test lab, and Fugro, which is contracted on 80% of all global offshore wind projects, and is sponsored by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the Virginia Port Authority. For more information, please visit www.poseidon-atlantic.com.