Dominion Energy Inc. has contracted Ørsted Energy to build the wind turbines for the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project. The offshore wind project will be built 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Dominion is a power and energy company, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. Ørsted Energy is a power company, headquartered in Fredericia, Denmark. Ørsted Energy is a global leader in the design, installation and operation in offshore wind projects.
In the first phase of the CVOW project, two 6-megawatt wind turbines will be installed by Ørsted Energy on a 2,135 acre site leased by the Virginia Department of Mines Minerals and Energy. Dominion will manage the construction and operation of the CVOW project. The wind turbines are scheduled to begin operation in 2020. Dominion anticipates the CVOW project will be significantly expanded in the very near future.
The CVOW project is part of Dominion’s US $2 billion grid transformation plan. Dominion’s grid transformation plans includes developments of numerous renewable energy projects, smart metering and energy efficiency programs. Dominion’s goal is to reduce consumers electricity costs and to dramatically reduce greenhouse gases.
CVOW will become the offshore wind farm in the United States. Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Rhode Island are also planning offshore wind farms. In my opinion, offshore wind will accelerate America’s move from fossil fuel to renewable energy.