Dominion files construction and operations plan for offshore wind

21 December 2020 (Last Updated December 21st, 2020 14:48)

Dominion Energy has filed a construction and operations plan (COP) with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to build the 2.64GW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) commercial project in the US.

Dominion files construction and operations plan for offshore wind
The CVOW project is expected to generate clean energy that will be sufficient to power up to 660,000 homes in the region. Credit: Nicholas Doherty on Unsplash.

CVOW is claimed to be the largest planned offshore wind farm in the country.

Dominion Energy offshore wind vice-president 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 company has filed the COP after a nearly two-year federal review process and intends to begin construction works at the site in 2024.

The CVOW project is expected to generate clean energy that will be sufficient to power up to 660,000 homes in the region, while creating new employment opportunities and a positive economic impact in the region.

In its COP filing, Dominion Energy included details about the proposed offshore wind farm to be installed within a 112,800-acre Commercial Lease Area located 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, which it obtained in 2013.

The company also detailed information about the construction, operations and conceptual decommissioning plans for the wind facility.

Additionally, the plan included data about onshore and support facilities.

BOEM’s review process is expected to take approximately two years to complete.

In February, Dominion Energy Virginia secured approval from Virginia’s State Corporation Commission for the construction of four battery storage pilot projects in the US.