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Environmental Stewardship

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 go above and beyond regulatory compliance and to do the utmost to protect the land, sea and species we work around.

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 protections Dominion Energy has implemented with the CVOW project include:

900 jobs
Extensive survey work

— more than two dozen studies and surveys — conducted to ensure protection of ocean life and avian species

Continual Monitoring
Continual monitoring

to ensure sea life  dolphins, sea turtles and whales  did not enter construction zone during installation; if spotted by observers, construction was stopped until the area was clear

Special Precautions
Special precautions taken

to ensure the safety of the North Atlantic Right Whale

Plans to Recycle
Plans to recycle or reuse

the majority of wind turbine blades; any remainder is landfill safe

Mitigated Sound
Protective technology

mitigated sound generating during construction

Horizontal Drilling
Minimizing impacts

to sea floor and aquatic life through horizontal drilling for onshore cables

Flying Birds

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 device, acoustic monitoring and more — help protect birds, bats, sea turtles and other marine life.

FAQs

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Will this project threaten birds?

Siting the project approximately 27 miles offshore is expected to reduce impacts to birds because most species stay relatively close to shore. The high-density area where most birds/bird communities are found is within about two miles of shore. Fewer birds and bird communities are encountered further offshore.

Dominion Energy performed a full year of site-specific avian surveys and determined that bird activity is relatively low within the offshore portion of the project. In the environmental impact assessment, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management concluded that impacts to avian resources due to collisions with the turbine blades are expected to range from negligible to minor.