We are fully committed to meeting the energy needs of our customers in an environmentally responsible manner. Protecting natural and cultural resources is our duty, not only as a business but as members of these communities ourselves. Our aim is always to do the utmost to protect the land, sea and species that share our natural environment.
This dedication extends across our entire enterprise, informing everything Dominion Energy does — from reducing water use and waste to protecting wildlife to cutting emissions.
Some of the environmental evaluations and activities Dominion Energy has undertaken with the CVOW project include:
- Extensive survey work — more than two dozen studies and surveys — conducted to ensure protections of ocean life and avian species.
- Continual monitoring to protect sea life — dolphins, sea turtles and whales — during construction and survey; work is stopped until the area is clear.
- Protective technology to mitigate sound during construction.
- Minimizing impacts to sea floor and aquatic life through horizontal drilling for onshore cables.
Our team paid special attention to protecting avian species at every step of the process. Picking the site of the wind turbines, 27 miles off the coast, helps preserve bird life by avoiding migratory paths. Other practices — like time-of-year restrictions, installing anti-perching devices, acoustic monitoring and more — help protect birds, bats, sea turtles and other marine life.