VA - Small US Offshore Windfarm with Big Impact
While it only has two 6 MW turbines, the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind pilot project will lay the foundation for the largest offshore windfarm in North America
US utility Dominion Energy completed installation of the two-turbine, 12-MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project 43 km off Virginia Beach in June. CVOW is the first offshore windfarm to be approved by the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and installed in federal waters, and the second built in the US. Block Island Windfarm in Rhode Island, with 30 MW of capacity, was the first offshore windfarm in the US.
“Construction of these two turbines is a major milestone not only for offshore wind in Virginia but also for offshore wind in the US,” said Dominion Energy chairman, president and chief executive Thomas Farrell II. “Clean energy jobs have the potential to serve as a catalyst to re-ignite the economy following the impacts of the pandemic and continue driving down carbon emissions,” added Mr Farrell.
What is significant about CVOW is that Dominion Energy will apply the valuable permitting, design, installation and operations experience from the pilot project to its proposed US$8Bn, 2.6 GW commercial project. That project, which is the largest announced offshore wind project in North America, is on track to commence construction in 2024.