Delivering Wind Power

To ensure a strong, resilient and reliable transmission grid to support CVOW, Dominion Energy is building a new electric transmission infrastructure from where the energy comes onshore in Virginia Beach to our existing Fentress substation in Chesapeake.

Harnessing the Wind Power of the Atlantic

CVOW will be located in a 112,800 acre-lease area that begins just east of our existing two-turbine pilot project, 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach and extends 15 additional miles east into the Atlantic.

Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project map showing Phase I and Phase II

To get the energy onshore to homes and businesses, we are proposing that the energy from each turbine is "bundled" together at three offshore substations, spread across the lease area. Undersea cables then carry the energy to State Military Reservation (SMR) in Virginia Beach. The cables then continue underground through SMR to Naval Air Station Oceana. From there, we must get the energy onto the broader electric grid by connecting to our existing Fentress Substation in Chesapeake.

Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project infographic showing first two turbines and shoreline

Transmitting New Clean Energy

In order to identify transmission route options from Naval Air Station Oceana to Fentress Substation, Dominion Energy conducted a study over the last year that included the Hampton Roads region and extensive engagement with the community.

With this study, we focused on the locations of neighborhoods, public use and gathering spots, schools, churches and parks, and important natural resources such as wetlands and historical and archaeological sites. We also evaluated existing rights-of-way and opportunities to co-locate with other infrastructure, such as existing transmission lines, roads, and railways.

Community member reviewing map of windmillsWoman looking at economic benefits chart during open house

Dominion employee explaining map to community member during open house

Dominion Energy also held 10 virtual and in-person public meetings and conducted more than 1,100 individual, small group meetings, topic-specific workshops, and roundtables. We also deployed the online interactive tool GeoVoice to provide the community with opportunities to review the route options and share feedback.

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Dominion Energy filed a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) with the State Corporation Commission (SCC) on November 5, 2021. As with any CPCN filing of this kind, Dominion Energy presents a proposed transmission interconnection route and alternatives.

CVOW project map showing proposed switching station, cable landing station, and existing substation

The Proposed Route

Under the proposed route, the underground line at SMR transitions to overhead and progresses to the Fentress Substation, with 92 percent of the route either following the undeveloped Southeastern Parkway and Greenbelt roadway project or co-locating with existing Dominion Energy transmission line corridors.

The proposed route is the shortest option, limits the need for new rights-of-way, and minimizes, to the greatest extent possible, impacts to private property, the community, environment, historical and cultural resources.

In addition to Dominion Energy’s application to the Virginia State Corporation Commission, the company filed its Construction and Operations Plan (COP) in December 2020 with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

Through the COP filing, Dominion Energy shows, among other things, that it designed and sited the CVOW commercial project in a manner that protects natural resources, the environment, and human and wildlife health; uses the best available and safest technology; and does not unreasonably interfere with other uses of the Outer Continental Shelf, such as commercial and recreational fishing, commercial shipping lanes and military training maneuvers.

In July 2021, BOEM issued the Notice of Intent (NOI) for the CVOW commercial project, marking the next step in the project’s completion timeline. The NOI began the federal review process of the CVOW project in preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement. During this time, BOEM held public scoping meetings and accepted public comments through August 2, 2021.

See the NOI

Watch the public scoping meetings

See the COP

While BOEM prepares the Environmental Impact Statement and reviews construction, operations, and conceptual decommissioning of CVOW, the SCC will carefully evaluate the proposed route and the alternatives. The SCC will determine the final transmission route for the CVOW project.

SCC Approval Process

The Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) has regulatory authority over all regulated energy providers in Virginia. Among other responsibilities, the SCC validates the need for a proposed project and approves the associated transmission line route and structures. In reviewing a proposed project, the SCC must consider whether potential impacts on scenic assets, historic districts and the environment have been reasonably minimized.

Read our Nov. 5 SCC filing

For the full up-to-date listing of motions, rulings and other related documents, please refer to the SCC docket for this case.

Upcoming public comment opportunities and meetings:

  • 02/25/2022 – Notices of Participation deadline
  • 03/25/2022 – Respondent Testimony deadline
  • 05/12/2022 – Deadline for public witnesses to indicate desire to testify
  • 05/16/2022 – Deadline for Public Comments
  • 05/16/2022 – Public Witness Hearing (telephonic)
  • 05/17/2022 – Evidentiary Hearing (TBD whether live or virtual)


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