VA - Offshore Wind Project Completes Final Step, Ready to Deliver Renewable Energy to Virginians
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Dominion Energy announced Wednesday that the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project has completed the final stage of testing and is ready to enter commercial service providing clean, renewable energy to Virginians.
“This is a monumental day for the Commonwealth and the burgeoning offshore wind industry in America as CVOW is ready to deliver clean, renewable energy to our Virginia customers,” said Joshua Bennett, Dominion Energy vice president of offshore wind.
“Our team has worked diligently with key stakeholders and regulators while safely navigating through the coronavirus pandemic to complete this vitally important project that is a key step to reducing carbon emissions,” Bennett continued.
The next step for the two turbine, 12-megawatt project is submitting final documentation to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to complete its technical review — which is expected to be complete by the end of the year.
Dominion Energy officials say that the turbines will remain operational during the review process. The project is the only one permitted under BOEM and will be the “first fully operational wind power generation facility in U.S. federal waters with the capability to generate enough electricity to power up to 3,000 Virginia homes.”
Offshore wind generation is a significant portion of Dominion Energy’s comprehensive clean energy plan to meet Virginia Clean Economy Act standards by achieving net-zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions throughout the state by 2050.