Largest offshore wind development in country proposed for Virginia

Published: Sep. 19, 2019 at 11:39 AM EDT
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As of Thursday morning, Dominion Energy is proposing the largest offshore wind development in the country. The project will provide more renewable energy to its customers in the Commonwealth and boost the offshore wind industry on the East Coast.

The company applied with PJM, the regional transmission organization that coordinates the electrical grid in 13 states and the District of Columbia, to connect the proposed turbines to the transmission grid.

Dominion Energy’s filing is the first step in developing Virginia’s full offshore wind project.

“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.”

Dominion Energy aims to reach a 55 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. To accomplish this goal, the company is investing in solar and wind energy paired with zero-carbon nuclear and low-carbon natural gas. The company also has planned to support the intermittent nature of solar and wind with investments in battery storage, pumped hydroelectric storage and other resources.

If approved, the project would be housed in the 112,800 acres 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach Dominion Energy leases from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

Ocean survey work is expected to begin in 2020 and a Construction and Operations Plan will be submitted in 2022.

Dominion Energy plans to move forward with its commercial offshore wind project in three phases, each totaling 880 megawatts. The first phase will support initial generation of wind energy by 2024.

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