The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has a multi-step process to identify areas of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) that appear most suitable for commercial wind energy activities, while presenting the fewest apparent environmental and user conflicts, including conflicts with the operation of fisheries.


Dominion Energy has no intention to restrict fishing within the lease area and is committed to working with fishermen to ensure any restrictions on fishing in or around the turbines will be temporary and limited in area or during certain work activities.


Navigational safety is very important to us. We are working closely with the U.S. Coast Guard and engaging the local/regional fishing community to ensure the CVOW turbines do not adversely impact navigational safety and/or Search and Rescue (SAR) operations. A Navigation Safety Risk Assessment (NSRA) will be conducted as part of the Construction and Operations Plan for the project. A U.S. Coast Guard training exercise around the pilot project turbines took place in October 2020.


Cables are planned to be buried below stable seabed elevation based on existing sediment conditions. A Cable Burial Risk Assessment (CBRA) is being conducted to determine appropriate cable burial depths.


Dominion Energy is actively considering opportunities for fisheries resource studies that could be conducted in advance, during and after construction.


Results from recent field and laboratory studies have not shown measurable effects and responses to EMF at the low EMF intensities associated with Marine Renewable Energy. The potential for EMF impact on bottom dwelling fishes and benthic invertebrates continues to be the subject of ongoing studies.


We are currently working on our logistics procurement package and are likely to need a SOV and two CTVs for the transport of crews and materials. We expect the RFPs for these vessels to go out at the end of this year. In terms of Feeder Solutions, the availability of vessels that are Jones Act-compliant may be limited, so these vessels offer us options. Barges or other types of vessels could be used to transport the materials back and forth from the Port of Virginia to the construction site. Once we have the Transportation & Installation (T&I) contract signed, we will work with the selected T&I provider to evaluate and share information regarding the opportunities for local businesses. We encourage you to explore those opportunities once those are announced.


The Charybdis has not been committed to CVOW. Dominion Energy will conduct a competitive bid for a Wind Turbine Installation Vessel to support construction of CVOW and if Charybdis offers the best value for our customers, Dominion Energy would seek Affiliates Act approval from the Virginia State Corporation Commission to use the Charybdis for the CVOW project.

The Charybdis is being built in Texas and when commissioned, its home port will be in Hampton Roads. There are currently no Jones Act-compliant Wind Turbine Installation vessels capable of installing the 14-megawatt class turbines planned for the CVOW commercial project. The Charybdis will be capable of supporting projects up and down the East Coast and we expect this vessel will be in very high demand.