The proposal is for 2,600MW of wind energy
off Virginia coast by 2026
On 19 September Dominion Energy announced that it was proposing the largest offshore wind array in the US. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has made it clear Virginia is committed to leading the way in offshore wind, “We are rising to this challenge with this 2,600-megawatt commercial offshore wind development.”
Proposal includes more than 2,600 megawatts of wind energy by 2026 off Virginia coast
Over 220 wind turbines would power 650,000 homes at peak
Project supports commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 55 percent by 2030
Dominion Energy filed an application with PJM, the regional transmission organization that coordinates the electrical grid in all or parts of 13 states and the District of Columbia, to interconnect the proposed turbines to the transmission grid.
Dominion Energy's filing is a vital first step to move forward in developing Virginia's full offshore wind potential. The company looks forward to working with the Northam Administration and other partners on next steps in public policy needed to realize both the clean energy and economic potential of offshore wind.
"Offshore wind is an excellent renewable energy source and this filing with PJM shows how serious we are about bringing commercial-scale offshore wind to Virginia, giving our customers what they have asked for – more renewable energy," said Mark D. Mitchell, Vice President of Generation Construction. "Governor Ralph Northam has made it clear Virginia is committed to leading the way in offshore wind. We are rising to this challenge with this 2,600-megawatt commercial offshore wind development."
Large Carbon Emissions Reduction by 2026
Dominion Energy is aggressively pursuing a clean energy future anchored by a 55 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. To accomplish this goal, the company is investing in solar and wind energy partnered with zero-carbon nuclear and low-carbon natural gas. The company also has planned investments in battery storage, pumped hydroelectric storage and other resources that can support the intermittent nature of solar and wind.
Virginia Wind Energy Area
If approved, the project would be located in the 112,800 acres Dominion Energy currently is leasing from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. Following the key filing with PJM, ocean survey work is expected to begin in 2020 and a Construction and Operations Plan will be submitted in 2022.
Building on an expected successful deployment of the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project in 2020, Dominion Energy plans to move forward with its commercial offshore wind project in three phases, each totalling 880 megawatts. The first phase of the build out will support initial generation of wind energy by 2024. Additional phases will come online in 2025 and 2026, totalling more than 2,600 megawatts of energy, enough to power 650,000 homes during peak wind.
The company began construction in June on the 12-megawatt CVOW project, which is the first fully permitted wind project in U.S. federal waters. Dominion Energy will leverage key learnings from the permitting, design and development of that project as it goes through a similar process for commercial offshore wind development.
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