2018 Virginia Renewable Energy Leadership Award given to ODU Scientist

December 20, 2018


ODU scientist, George Hagerman, recognized by the Virginia Renewable Energy Alliance for his work in offshore wind energy.



Nicole Duimstra, VA-REA nicole.duimstra@va-rea.org

Noell Saunders, Old Dominion University nsaunder@odu.edu


Richmond, VA – Dec 13, 2018 – George Hagerman, a Senior Project Scientist for the Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography at Old Dominion University, was the recipient of the 2018 Virginia Renewable Energy Leadership Award.  George was recognized for his decades of work developing offshore wind energy in Virginia through research at Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University, as well his plans to provide courses and workforce development for offshore wind development at Old Dominion University for students next fall. 


The Virginia Renewable Energy Alliance, a Richmond-based trade association, announced the winner of their second-ever Virginia Renewable Energy Leadership Award at their Annual Members Meeting at McGuireWoods on Dec 13, 2018.


“Though there are many people who have participated in the development of Dominion's proposed 12 MW two turbine offshore wind demonstration project, George Hagerman is one of the few who have been involved with this project all the way from the idea stage to its current stage of implementation,” VA-REA’s Chairman, Tyson Utt, remarked at the Annual Members Meeting.


Hagerman has several decades of experience with ocean renewable energy including offshore wind, wave, tidal current and ocean thermal power production. The Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project, developed by Dominion Energy and built by Danish company Orsted Energy, will be the first of its kind in the state. 


“George was instrumental in the formation and successful awards of the current Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project, the establishment of the Section 238 Virginia Department of Mines Minerals and Energy Research Lease Blocks adjacent to the Virginia Wind Energy Area, and the general prominence of Virginia in development of offshore wind. All of these accomplishments are largely attributable to George Hagerman’s vision, passion and loyalty to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia,” wrote VA-REA Vice Chairman, Rick Thomas of the Timmons Group, in his nomination of Hagerman.


VA-REA seeks candidates for the award who bring renewable energy to a new market, develop projects of a notable size, advance renewable energy legislation in Virginia, or bring renewable energy to an underserved group.


“Hagerman is the best candidate for the 2018 award because he played key roles in not only developing the first wind project in the state, but also for developing a wind project of a large scale which creates job opportunities for thousands of Virginians in the coastal area.  Not only has he helped bring a large amount of new renewable energy to Virginia’s grid, but also a large number of new workers to Virginia’s renewable energy workforce,” said VA-REA’s Executive Director, Andrew Grigsby.


George Hagerman is the second individual to receive the Virginia Renewable Energy Leadership Award.  The late Jim Pierobon was the first recipient of the Virginia Renewable Energy Leadership Award.  He was the founder of Southeast Energy News and was recognized by VA-REA for his notable contributions of reporting, testifying, and consulting on renewable energy in the southeast.


About the Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography


The Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography at Old Dominion University was established to promote research on the physical oceanography of the coastal ocean and related oceanographic processes.  The coastal ocean is the focus of increasing research for reasons relating to both short-term anthropogenic impacts and long-term global change. For more information: http://www.ccpo.odu.edu


About the Virginia Renewable Energy Alliance


The Virginia Renewable Energy Alliance (VA-REA) seeks to advance renewable energy in the Commonwealth by hosting events, creating networking and partnership opportunities, and providing education and resources regarding renewable energy.  VA-REA’s membership includes 48 members from across the country including Dominion Energy, sPower, Apex Clean Energy, and the Sierra Club of Virginia. Members come together to support and advance renewable energy in Virginia. For more information: www.va-rea.org



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