The Virginia State Corporation Commission greenlit the largest wind farm in the United States. Project owners predict Dominion Energy’s Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) power generator to produce 2.6 GW. The contract includes the largest submarine cable ever awarded in the United States (Dominion Energy’s massive undersea power cables differ from longer undersea cables, including communications cables between California and Singapore).
Dominion intends to get to work on the CVOW project in 2024 at a site 27 miles offshore. The project will include 176 wind turbines, each over 800 feet tall. The windfarm will be the first such project in federal waters.
“Offshore wind is a key component of our strategy and a game changer for the Hampton Roads economy," said Robert M. Blue, Dominion Energy Chair, President and CEO. "CVOW is making Virginia the hub for this new industry.”
Builders will create 17 miles of onshore transmission lines and other infrastructure to deliver wind power to the Virginia grid. The contract price, $1.8 billion, includes supply of cables and installation. Other contracts include 176 monopile steel foundations, 176 transition platforms, and three offshore substations. Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will construct the turbines, each measuring at 14.7 MW.
Dominion intends to finish construction of their massive wind power generator in 2026.