Throughout the planning process, we will be hosting virtual public meetings, workshops and roundtables. Input received at these meetings will be an important consideration as we finalize project plans. On March 2nd and March 4th, Dominion Energy hosted virtual project meetings and shared information on ways citizens can provide input. From March to April 2021, we will gather additional information and data including surveys. From late Spring to Summer 2021, we will update regulatory filings based on public input. From late 2023 to early 2024, onshore construction begins. Finally, from 2024 – 2026, the CVOW commercial turbines will be constructed.

To deliver the energy generated by the offshore wind turbines to our customers’ homes and businesses, undersea cables are proposed to come ashore near State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach. From there, transmission lines will carry the electrons to a proposed substation near Naval Air Station Oceana and then to Dominion Energy's existing Fentress Substation in Chesapeake to serve the larger electric grid.

No. We are in the process of evaluating all available electrical routing options, both overhead and underground. We’re working with the cities of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake and the U.S. Navy as well as the State Military Reservation to identify all possible routes. In addition, we have a robust public engagement plan to help evaluate available routing options. A preferred route will be determined based on stakeholder input and the balancing of numerous considerations, including minimizing impacts, costs and time to construct, just to name a few. Ultimately the Virginia State Corporation Commission will determine the route for the project. 

After a thorough analysis, Fentress was chosen as the location for the interconnection because it can efficiently handle the large amount of electric energy that will come onshore from the wind generation.

No. Customers are looking for increasingly sustainable energy sources, and CVOW is delivering on that expectation. Given the lengthy federal and state approval processes, as well as the importance of thorough public engagement, we must start now.

The construction of the commercial offshore wind turbines will begin in 2024 and last through 2026. While we are still finalizing the details on timing and construction of the transmission infrastructure necessary to support the project, such as circuits and substations, we must have it available prior to the completion of the first commercial project turbines.

When planning for a new transmission corridor, we must understand various layers of information in order to minimize, to the greatest extent possible, the impacts that inevitably come with new infrastructure. This includes environmental, historic, scenic and environmental justice considerations, as well as input from the various stakeholders including tribal communities, community members in the study area and local community leaders.

As for whether the transmission lines will be above or below ground, that is also an issue we are studying.

We will seek all opportunities to co-locate with existing rights-of-way and other available space to minimize impacts to communities and sensitive resources. The Virginia State Corporation Commission requires us to look at these opportunities as well as other means to reasonably minimize impacts.

Existing rights-of-way are being studied to determine to what extent new right-of-way may be needed.

New proposed transmission structures for this project are currently being studied.

We will always work with the community and do our best to minimize impacts to your homes and neighborhoods. If there is a public event, we’ll do what we can to lessen the impact of our work.

We will be conducting meetings and other events for the public to learn about this project and provide input. We understand that having the opportunity to provide information and ask questions is important on a project like this. We’ll do everything we can to provide multiple opportunities for the community to provide feedback.

Dominion Energy is conducting a series of virtual public meetings to listen and learn about community needs and gather information in a study area to develop routing options. As we conduct the evaluation of the study area, we are committed to understanding the communities’ needs and partnering on opportunities created by the CVOW project; minimizing the impacts to landowners, environmental justice communities, sensitive species and cultural and historic resources and maximizing the use of existing rights-of-way while also respecting the land-use concerns of property owners.

A preferred route and alternative routes will be developed based on stakeholder input and the balancing of numerous considerations, including minimizing impacts to communities and sensitive resources, costs and time to construct, just to name a few. Ultimately the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) will approve the route for the project.