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Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind

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, scheduled to begin offshore construction in 2024, is a 2.6-gigawatt wind farm that will consist of 176 wind turbines standing slightly more than 800 feet tall, three offshore substations to collect and bundle the clean energy, undersea cables to get it ashore, and new onshore transmission infrastructure to deliver the clean energy onto the broader electric grid to serve homes and businesses.

CVOW has been a decade in the making and represents a series of firsts for the United States. The two-test turbine pilot project, which became operational in October 2020, is the first offshore wind farm installed in federal waters and is the only project developed and owned by an electric utility. It will be the largest offshore wind project in the U.S. once complete in 2026.

Once operational, CVOW will generate enough clean, sustainable energy to power up to 660,000 homes at peak.

By harnessing the power of the wind, CVOW will avoid or displace as much as 5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, which is the carbon equivalent of removing 1 million non-electric cars from the road each year.

As a result of this clean energy investment, CVOW will serve as a critical resource towards meeting Virginia’s objective of carbon-free energy by 2045 while being fully protective of the environment and sensitive to the needs of the communities we serve. It will also be instrumental in supporting Dominion Energy’s goal of net-zero carbon and methane emissions by 2050 across its 16-state footprint.

CVOW is equally important for a diverse energy supply, which is essential for reliability, energy independence, and energy security while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Since offshore wind and solar generate peak energy at different times throughout the day and year, CVOW will complement Dominion Energy’s growing solar portfolio in Virginia.

CVOW is transforming the Hampton Roads economy by attracting economic development opportunities and creating hundreds of good-paying clean energy jobs, millions in tax revenues and hundreds of millions in economic benefits.

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Clean Energy Power

Generates enough clean, sustainable energy to power up to 660,000 homes at peak

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Clean Energy Air

Avoids carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to removing more than 1 million cars off the road each year

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Clean Energy Reliability

Harnesses the power of the wind to complement energy generated by the sun

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Clean Energy Diversity

Ensures energy independence, security, affordability and reliability while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions

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Clean Energy Goals

Serves as critical resource for meeting Virginia's objective of carbon-free energy by 2045

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Clean Energy Savings

Unlocks billions of dollars in incentives and offsets from federal tax credits and fuel savings

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Clean Energy Economy

Attracts clean energy companies seeking an east coast hub to support the U.S. offshore wind industry

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Clean Energy Jobs

Creates hundreds of direct and indirect jobs and tens of millions of dollars in pay and benefits annually

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Clean Energy Revenue

Provides millions of dollars in local and state tax revenue and hundreds of millions in economic benefits annually

Building this transformative project over the last decade and continuing to move toward a clean energy future requires participation from all of us. Connect with us.

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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.