Dominion Energy has initiated construction on the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project, which can function two of 6-MW wind turbines and power about 3,000 homes.
A July 1 groundbreaking attended by Governor Ralph Northam, different elected officials, stakeholders and media marked the start of onshore construction activities for the CVOW project.
The corporate is breaking ground to put in a half-mile conduit, which can hold the final stretch of cables connecting the generators, 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Seaside, to a company substation near Camp Pendleton. This exercise marks the original work on the project site.
The project, introduced two years in the past, is the one fully permitted offshore wind project in U.S. federal waters, Dominion Energy says. Last November, the State Company Commission accredited the undertaking, and the vast majority of required permits and approvals have been obtained.
Ørsted, an offshore wind developer headquartered in Denmark, has been contracted for the offshore portion of the undertaking. The L. E. Myers Company will carry out onshore development work. Customers will see no increase in charges for the pilot undertaking below the provisions of the Grid Transformation and Security Act of 2018 because the venture shall be recovered in existing base charges rather than a rider.
Dominion Energy says the wind is part of a broader effort to deliver renewable energy, together with solar, as a part of its commitment to reduce carbon emissions. The corporate anticipates $1.1 billion in offshore wind investments via 2023.
Dominion Energy is headquartered in Richmond, Va., and serves practically 7.5 million customers in 18 states. The corporate expects to cut generating fleet carbon dioxide emissions 80% by 2050 and reduce methane emissions from its fuel property 50% by 2030.