RICHMOND, Virginia – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has published a notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement for Dominion Energy’s Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Commercial (CVOW-C) project offshore Virginia.
The notice of intent initiates a 30-day public comment period that ends on Aug. 2, 2021. It also launches BOEM’s and other federal agencies’ review of the project, which is expected to take about two years.
In December 2020, Dominion Energy filed its construction and operations plan to build the CVOW-C project in a 112,800-acre commercial lease area that begins 27 mi (43 km) off the coast of Virginia Beach and extends 15 mi (24 km) east in the Atlantic Ocean.
The 2.6-GW CVOW-C project is the largest planned offshore wind farm in the US.
Construction is scheduled to begin in 2024 and conclude in late 2026.
The company expects to file with the Virginia State Corporation Commission later this year, seeking regulatory approval for the commercial project. It follows the completion of the two-turbine, 12-MW CVOW pilot wind farm located adjacent to the commercial development. This was the first project to be fully permitted through the BOEM review process and became operational in October 2020.