In Hampton Roads, 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project is paving the way to a clean energy future in Virginia. CVOW will serve as a catalyst for a new domestic supply chain hub, anchored in Hampton Roads, that will serve the U.S. East Coast wind industry, creating hundreds of good-paying clean energy jobs, millions in tax revenues and hundreds of millions in economic benefits.
The CVOW commercial project, scheduled to begin offshore construction in 2024, is a proposed 2,640-megawatt wind farm that will include up to 180 turbines standing slightly more than 800 feet tall. It represents a series of firsts for Dominion Energy and the energy industry. The pilot project is the first project installed in federal waters and is the only project developed and owned by an electric utility. Once complete in 2026, the commercial project will be the largest offshore wind project in the U.S.
CVOW is a critical resource for meeting Virginia’s objective of carbon-free energy by 2045 and is instrumental in supporting Dominion Energy’s goal of net zero carbon and methane emissions by 2050. It enables reliable, safe and sustainable energy in a manner that is fully protective of the environment and sensitive to the needs of the communities we serve.
The CVOW project is enabled by the Grid Transformation and Security Act and the Virginia Clean Economy Act and has been made possible by important partnerships with environmental organizations, elected officials, governmental bodies, community leaders, community members, and you.
In July 2021, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued the Notice of Intent (NOI) for the CVOW commercial project marking the next step in the project’s completion timeline. This begins BOEM’s and other federal agencies’ review of the project. BOEM’s issuance of the NOI reflects its determination that Dominion Energy’s Construction and Operations Plan (COP) – filed in December 2020 – is complete and ready for the public review process.
Dominion Energy expects to file with the Virginia State Corporation Commission in late 2021, seeking regulatory approval for the commercial project, similar to the process executed for the successful completion of the two pilot turbines currently in service.
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If you would like to learn more about the public review process, attend a BOEM public meeting or learn more from the agency about the NOI, please visit BOEM’s meeting registration page and sign up for one of BOEM’s virtual scoping meetings.
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