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Dominion Energy Receives Final Approvals for Construction of Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Farm

Dominion Energy has recently obtained the necessary federal approvals to commence the construction of its Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project, a 2.6-gigawatt wind farm located near Virginia Beach. This groundbreaking initiative, set to be the largest offshore wind farm in the United States, is expected to be finished by late 2026.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has granted its final approval of CVOW’s Construction and Operations Plan (COP), allowing offshore construction to proceed. In addition, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a permit that permits impacts to U.S. waters, including the electric transmission line route connecting the offshore renewable energy to the onshore electric grid.

Rather than relying on quotes, Dominion Energy expresses its excitement for the project’s progression. The chair, president, and CEO, Bob Blue, emphasizes that Virginia is at the forefront of offshore wind development and that the approvals keep CVOW on schedule and within budget. Dominion Energy is committed to providing its customers with reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy options.

CVOW will encompass 176 turbines and three offshore substations in a lease area spanning nearly 113,000 acres off the coast of Virginia Beach. Unlike commercial developers who have faced financial challenges leading to project cancellations in other states, Dominion Energy, as a regulated utility, remains steadfast in advancing the offshore wind project.

The CVOW project has gathered support from key political figures. Senator Mark Warner, Senator Tim Kaine, and Representative Bobby Scott laud the recent approvals as a significant step forward for the nation’s largest offshore wind farm.

Construction activities have already commenced on land, and with the final approvals now in place, construction efforts are expected to escalate swiftly. The start of offshore construction activities, including the installation of the export cable and monopile foundations, is anticipated to begin in the second quarter of this year.

The foundation for the wind farm’s future construction was laid in October 2023 with the arrival of the first monopiles at the Portsmouth Marine Terminal. DEME has been entrusted with the task of installing the monopiles once the project progresses to that stage.

Dominion Energy’s prior pilot project, which involved the installation of two 12 MW turbines off the coast of Virginia Beach, was the first-ever installation of commercial wind turbines in U.S. federal waters, serving as a testament to the company’s commitment to renewable energy development.

Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) Project FAQ:

1. What is the CVOW project?
The CVOW project is a 2.6-gigawatt wind farm being constructed by Dominion Energy near Virginia Beach. It is set to be the largest offshore wind farm in the United States.

2. What approvals has Dominion Energy received for the project?
Dominion Energy has obtained the necessary federal approvals for the project. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has granted final approval of the Construction and Operations Plan (COP), allowing offshore construction to proceed. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has also issued a permit for the project.

3. When is the expected completion date for the project?
The CVOW project is expected to be finished by late 2026.

4. What will the CVOW project consist of?
The project will encompass 176 turbines and three offshore substations in a lease area spanning nearly 113,000 acres off the coast of Virginia Beach.

5. How has Dominion Energy expressed its excitement for the project?
Dominion Energy’s chair, president, and CEO, Bob Blue, has emphasized that Virginia is at the forefront of offshore wind development and that the approvals keep CVOW on schedule and within budget. Dominion Energy is committed to providing reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy options.

6. How is Dominion Energy different from other developers?
Unlike commercial developers, Dominion Energy is a regulated utility and remains steadfast in advancing the offshore wind project despite financial challenges faced by others in different states.

7. Who has shown support for the CVOW project?
Key political figures such as Senator Mark Warner, Senator Tim Kaine, and Representative Bobby Scott have praised the recent approvals as a significant step forward for the nation’s largest offshore wind farm.

8. What construction activities have already commenced?
Construction activities have already begun on land, and with the final approvals in place, construction efforts are expected to escalate swiftly.

9. When will offshore construction activities start?
The installation of the export cable and monopile foundations for the wind farm is anticipated to begin in the second quarter of this year.

10. What was Dominion Energy’s prior pilot project?
Dominion Energy previously installed two 12 MW turbines off the coast of Virginia Beach in a pilot project, which was the first-ever installation of commercial wind turbines in U.S. federal waters. This project demonstrated the company’s commitment to renewable energy development.

Definitions:
– Offshore wind farm: A wind farm located offshore, typically in coastal areas, where wind turbines generate electricity.
– Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM): A U.S. federal agency that manages the development of energy and mineral resources on the outer continental shelf.
– Construction and Operations Plan (COP): A plan that outlines the details of the construction and operations of an offshore energy project.
– Monopiles: Large steel tubes or cylinders that are driven into the seabed as foundations for offshore wind turbines.

Suggested related links:
Dominion Energy official website
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

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