Dominion Energy’s Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project has achieved another major milestone. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has issued a favorable Record of Decision for the project, which is the last major milestone before BOEM approves the Construction and Operations Plan, authorizing construction to begin offshore. Dominion Energy has worked with a broad range of stakeholders, including state and federal agencies, Tribal Nations, industry groups, and environmental justice communities to avoid, minimize, and mitigate potential impacts.
The 2.6-gigawatt CVOW project is on-time and on budget with onshore construction commencing later this year. Once fully constructed in late 2026, it will generate enough clean, renewable energy to power up to 660,000 homes. During the first decade of operation, customers are expected to save up to $3 billion on fuel costs as a result of the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project.
The Record of Decision for the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project includes measures taken offshore to minimize impacts to marine life, such as North Atlantic right whales. It also includes actions taken onshore to design and build a transmission route that avoids impacts to natural and cultural resources and communities to the maximum extent possible.
The Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project has provided employment opportunities to over 750 workers in Virginia, with nearly 530 workers from the Hampton Roads region alone. The economic development and job benefits of offshore wind are expected to be transformative for Hampton Roads and the Commonwealth .
Dominion Energy’s Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind team has worked for more than a decade on the development, design, and permitting of CVOW. Offshore wind is a vital part of Dominion Energy’s strategy to provide customers with a diverse fuel mix that delivers reliable, affordable, and increasingly clean energy.