Dominion preps next move for 12-MW Virginia offshore wind demo
Solar panels in Virginia. Source: Dominion Energy.
Dominion Energy Virginia said Tuesday it will seek later this summer the State Corporation Commission’s (SCC) approval for a 12-MW offshore wind project.
The Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project, in which the company is partnering with Ørsted (CPH:ORSTED) of Denmark, will be built in a federal lease area off the coast of Virginia Beach. It involves the installation of two 6-MW turbines, whose operation will bring critical information to support further offshore wind development in the region. According to previous announcements, the facility would enter into operation by 2021.
Overall, the Virginia unit of Dominion Energy Inc (NYSE:D) aims to have 3 GW of new solar and wind under development or in operation by early 2022, in line with the state’s plans for greener power, supported by the recently signed Grid Transformation & Security Act. In a filing on Tuesday, Dominion seeks approval for different programmes, investments and costs over the first three years of a 10-year grid transformation plan. The list includes a request for the SCC’s nod for 240 MW of additional solar capacity in the state.
Dominion Energy Virginia said it is gathering input from stakeholders before revealing details of the next phase of its solar strategy later in 2018.