About Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind

In the Hampton Roads region, just off the coast of Virginia Beach, the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project (CVOW) is taking shape. Two turbines already stand tall above the Atlantic Ocean with more to come.

CVOW is leading the clean energy sector in offshore wind and paving the way for a sustainable energy future in Virginia.

The Phase I pilot project is now complete: Two wind turbines located in federal waters are providing enough clean, renewable energy to power up to 3,000 Virginia homes and avoid up to 25,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

The Phase II commercial project, scheduled to begin construction in 2024, is a proposed 2,640-megawatt wind farm that will include nearly 180 turbines. Once complete, it will be the largest project of its kind in the U.S.

Offshore wind generation is a vital part of Dominion Energy’s comprehensive clean energy strategy to meet standards outlined in the Virginia Clean Economy Act and to achieve the company’s goal of net-zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions across our 16 states by 2050.

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Leading the Way in Wind

CVOW is groundbreaking in many ways — it is the second offshore wind project in the nation, the first installed in federal waters with two turbines currently in operation, the first owned by an electric utility company and the first to successfully navigate the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) permitting process.

But CVOW’s true impact is much larger: It will help the U.S. become a leader in offshore wind, allowing U.S. companies to gain expertise in the wind energy sector and create a domestic supply chain anchored in Hampton Roads that will serve the U.S. East Coast wind industry. It will ultimately lower the costs of offshore wind development and create good-paying clean energy jobs and long-lasting economic benefits.

Virginia at the Forefront

Virginia is now on a trajectory to lead offshore wind development in the U.S. The Commonwealth is a natural fit to become a hub for offshore wind, with best-in-class port infrastructure, a centrally located and capable workforce, and a supportive business and regulatory climate. CVOW will allow Virginia to emerge as a leader in sustainable energy.

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