On Friday, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will publish the Notice of Intent (NOI) for the proposed 2.6 GW CVOW project in the Federal Register. The NOI officially begins the review of federal permits, including the preparation of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), which is expected to take approximately two years.
“We look forward to continuing to work with our federal regulators and the public as we move forward through the environmental review process.”said Robert M. Blue, Chairman, President and CEO of Dominion Energy.
In December 2020, Dominion Energy filed its Build and Operate Plan (COP) with BOEM to build the CVOW commercial project in a 112,800 acre commercial lease area that begins 27 miles off Virginia Beach and s ‘extends an additional 15 miles east into the Atlantic. Ocean.
It follows the successful completion of the twin-turbine,12 MW CVOW Pilot wind farm located next to the commercial development, which was the first project to be fully cleared through the BOEM review process and became operational in October 2020.
Dominion Energy plans to file an application with the Virginia State Corporation Commission later this year, seeking regulatory approval for the commercial project.
Construction of CVOW is expected to begin in 2024 and be completed in late 2026. The project will generate enough renewable energy to power up to 660,000 homes of Dominion Energy Virginia customers at peak power. This is an important step towards meeting the net zero carbon commitments for 2050 under the Virginia Clean Economy Act.
“Virginia is banking on offshore wind power. We are developing the infrastructure, workforce, supply chain and manufacturing capabilities necessary to leverage the many advantages of this emerging industry ” Governor Ralph Northam said. “This announcement puts our Commonwealth on the path to harnessing wind power to produce affordable and reliable renewable energy, create thousands of new jobs and meet our ambitious climate goals. We are grateful for the federal government’s partnership as we work to advance our clean energy future with this large-scale commercial wind project along the Virginia coast. “
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