The Bureau of Ocean Power Administration (BOEM) has accomplished its environmental evaluate of Dominion Power’s proposed Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) challenge.

The two.6-gigawatt (GW) challenge is the most important offshore wind farm deliberate in america and will doubtlessly energy 660,000 houses with renewable vitality. It will likely be situated in a business lease space roughly 23.5 nautical miles from Virginia Seashore, Virginia, and encompass 176 14.7-megawatt wind generators and three offshore substations.

“The completion of our environmental evaluate marks one other step in direction of a clear vitality future—one which advantages communities and co-exists with different ocean customers,”?stated BOEM Director Elizabeth Klein.

The ultimate Environmental Affect Assertion (EIS) for the proposed challenge can be obtainable on BOEM’s web site. The EIS analyzes potential environmental impacts and the Development and Operations Plan.

BOEM intends to decide on challenge approval within the fall.

BOEM printed a draft EIS and held public conferences to collect suggestions, receiving over 50 feedback from numerous stakeholders. In response to the feedback, BOEM developed a most well-liked various with fewer generators to attenuate impacts on navigation and fish habitats whereas assembly Virginia’s vitality wants.

Dominion Power says the CVOW challenge stays on schedule and on funds with building anticipated to begin in early 2024 and conclude in later 2026. Dominion Power at present operates a two-turbine pilot challenge on the website of CVOW challenge.

“The completion of CVOW’s environmental evaluate is one other important milestone to maintain the challenge on time and on funds. Regulated offshore wind has many advantages for our clients and native economies – it’s gas free, emissions free and diversifies our gas combine to keep up the reliability of the grid,” stated Bob Blue, Dominion Power’s chair, president and chief govt officer. “Immediately’s announcement reinforces the boldness that the corporate, our distributors and our suppliers have in our challenge’s completion, offering additional motivation to keep up concentrate on delivering on time and on funds understanding we and our authorities companions proceed to satisfy vital milestones.

As a part of Biden-Harris administration’s objective of deploying 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030, BOEM is on observe to finish environmental opinions for at the least 16 business building and operation plans (COP) for offshore wind vitality services by 2025, representing greater than 27 gigawatts of unpolluted vitality. To this point, Division of the Inside has authorised 4 commercial-scale, offshore wind vitality tasks off Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey.