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VA - Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Propels Emerging US Offshore Wind Market

In September, the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind pilot project delivered first power to the grid.

First turbines installed in federal waters

In September, the first offshore wind farm in US federal waters delivered first power to the grid. The Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project is the first approved by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the second offshore wind farm constructed in the US. It is also the nation’s first offshore wind project owned by an electric utility company.

Located on a 2,135-acre (3.3-sq mi) site about 43 km (27 mi) off the coast of Virginia Beach, the two-turbine, 12-MW pilot project was constructed on schedule despite the COVID-19 pandemic. By the end of the year, the project is expected to enter commercial service. It is expected to generate enough electricity to power up to 3,000 Virginia homes. The pilot project is estimated to cost $300 million.

In February 2013, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Mines Minerals and Energy (DMME) submitted a research lease application to BOEM for the installation and operation of two 6-MW turbines, ancillary metocean facilities, a meteorological tower and buoy, and installation of associated cabling to shore.

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