Dominion unveils plans for 2.6-GW wind complex off Virginia coast

Offshore wind park. Image by: ├śrsted A/S.

September 19 (Renewables Now) - US utility Dominion Energy Inc (NYSE:D) on Thursday proposed a three-phase offshore wind project exceeding 2,600 MW of total capacity for the waters off the coast of Virginia.

The company has filed an application with regional transmission organisation PJM Interconnection LLC, seeking approval to interconnect more than 220 wind turbines as part of the project to the transmission grid.

The plan is to build the wind farm about 27 miles (43.45 km) off the coast of Virginia Beach, in a 112,800-acre (45,649 ha) area the company currently leases from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). Each of the project’s three phases will add 880 MW of power generating capacity and the first one is seen to start producing power by 2024. The following two phases should be completed in 2025 and 2026.

Dominion Energy expects to start ocean survey work next year and submit a Construction and Operations Plan in 2022.

The announcement comes a couple of days after Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed an executive order that sets a goal for the development of up to 2,500 MW of offshore wind capacity by 2026. Executive Order 43 will push the state to supply 30% of its total power from renewables by 2030 and reach 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050.

In July, Dominion Energy began construction work on a 12-MW offshore wind demonstrator off the coast of Virginia in partnership with Denmark’s Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED).

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