Dominion completes first offshore project in U.S. federal waters


Dominion Energy recently announced the successful installation of the two turbine, 12-MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project 27 miles off Virginia Beach. The first offshore wind farm to be approved by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and installed in federal waters and second constructed in the United States was built safely and on schedule despite the worldwide impact from the coronavirus pandemic. The turbines will now undergo acceptance testing before being energized later this summer and will produce enough clean, renewable energy, at peak output, to power 3,000 Virginia homes.

The 12-MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project is 27 miles off Virginia Beach. (Courtesy: Dominion Energy)

Dominion Energy will apply the valuable permitting, design, installation, and operations experience from the pilot project to its proposed 2,600-MW commercial project. That project, which is the largest announced offshore wind project in North America, is on track to commence construction in 2024, and upon completion, will provide enough renewable electricity to power up to 650,000 homes.

Several Virginia-based companies contributed to the CVOW pilot project, and Dominion Energy remains committed to creating the expertise to position Hampton Roads to be a supply chain hub for U.S. offshore wind efforts.

Offshore wind generation is a vital part of Dominion Energy’s comprehensive clean energy strategy to meet standards outlined in the Virginia Clean Economy Act and to achieve the company’s net zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions commitment by 2050. Ørsted is serving as the offshore engineering, procurement, and construction lead for the project.