$1.1 billion going into offshore wind energy by 2023; two turbines are being built 27 miles off VB&#
The Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project, which plans to provide a new source of renewable energy to Virginia customers, is now under construction.
Dominion Energy is installing a half-mile conduit, which will hold the final stretch of electricity-carrying cables that connect two turbines, 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, to a company substation, near Camp Pendleton.
This activity marks the first work at the project site to facilitate interconnection of the two, 6-megawatt wind turbines, which will power 3,000 homes, at peak.
Wind energy is part of a broader effort by Dominion to deliver renewable energy, including solar, to consumers, and, reduce carbon emissions.
The project was announced two years ago and is the
only fully permitted offshore wind project
in U.S. federal waters.
Commercial-scale offshore wind development would have the potential to power 500,000 homes, with more than 2,000 MW of zero-carbon, renewable energy.
Dominion anticipates $1.1 billion in offshore wind investments through 2023.
"These onshore construction activities are another major milestone in our plan to bring offshore wind to the Commonwealth and are a sign of our commitment to bring more renewable energy to our customers," said Dominion Energy Chairman, President and CEO Thomas F. Farrell, II.
The project was announced two years ago and is the only fully permitted offshore wind project in U.S. federal waters.
Last November, the State Corporation Commission approved the project and the majority of required permits and approvals have been received.
While onshore construction is underway, VB residents and visitors may notice a barge performing construction activities, about half-a-mile off the Virginia Beach coast, from July through September 2019. The turbines will not be noticeable from shore, once construction is finished in 2020. If protected species are located within an exclusion zone, work will be stopped.
The construction process is on a strict timetable, in order to minimize environmental impacts to the sea bottom and aquatic life.
Observers will be present during the offshore construction activities to look for protected species in the area. If protected species are located within an exclusion zone, work will be stopped.
While onshore construction is underway, residents and visitors may notice a barge performing construction activities, about a half-a-mile off the Virginia Beach coast, from July through September 2019. The turbines will not be noticeable from shore, once construction is completed in 2020.
Dominion Energy is partnering with Ørsted, a Denmark-based energy company, to build the project on 2,135 acres leased by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME). The L. E. Myers Company will perform onshore construction work.
Customers will see no increase in rates for the pilot project under the provisions of the Grid Transformation and Security Act of 2018, as the project will be recovered in existing base rates rather than a rider. The CVOW project is on-schedule and on-budget.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, other elected officials and stakeholders were invited to today's groundbreaking, to mark the beginning of onshore construction activities for the CVOW project.
"The Virginia offshore wind demonstration project is another powerful example of the Commonwealth's position as a leader in renewable energy," said Northam. "As the first deployment of commercial-scale offshore wind turbines in federal waters, I am thrilled that Virginia's project will help determine best practices for future offshore wind construction along the East Coast."
Dominion Energy contributed to this report.