Dominion Energy has filed the required construction and operations plan (COP) to build the 2.64-GW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project, the largest planned offshore windfarm in the US
Dominion Energy vice president of offshore wind Joshua Bennett said, “This is an important step in the process toward bringing commercial-scale offshore wind to the Commonwealth and shows Dominion Energy is committed to delivering the clean, renewable and reliable energy our customers expect from us.
“We look forward to working with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management as the CVOW commercial project moves through the permitting process.”
The COP includes information about the construction, operations and conceptual decommissioning plans for Dominion Energy’s proposed offshore windfarm, which it plans to install in a 112,800-acre commercial lease area 43 km off the coast of Virginia Beach. Dominion Energy obtained the lease in 2013.
Offshore wind generation is a major component of Dominion Energy’s comprehensive clean energy strategy to meet standards mandated in the Virginia Clean Economy Act and to achieve the company’s net zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions commitment by 2050.
The company earlier this year completed the construction of CVOW’s first phase – a two-turbine, 12-MW pilot project, which is located adjacent to the commercial lease area.
The two turbines are operational while the project undergoes a technical review before officially entering service.
The company has applied the permitting, design and installation experience from the CVOW pilot project to its proposed commercial project.
Pending approval by the State Corporation Commission, the CVOW commercial project is on track to commence construction in 2024 and be completed in 2026.