Published: 02 July 2021 02 July 2021
Dominion Energy has announced that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will publish in the Federal Register on July 2 the Notice of Intent (NOI) for the proposed 2.6GW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) commercial project.
The issuance of a NOI begins BOEM's and other federal agencies' review of the project and the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which will take about two years, and opens a 30-day public comment period during which time federal agencies will conduct scoping meetings and accept comments to inform the preparation of the EIS. Dominion Energy filed in December 2020 its Construction and Operations Plan (COP) to build the CVOW commercial project in a 112,800-acre commercial lease area that begins 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach and extends an additional 15 miles East in the Atlantic Ocean. The plan calls for 2,640MW of renewable energy to be installed. Dominion Energy expects to file with the Virginia State Corporation Commission later this year, seeking regulatory approval for the commercial project.