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 Phase I 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. Suggestions for potential studies are welcomed.


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.