Virginia Wind Turbine Locations Added to Portal
The first offshore wind turbines in U.S. federal waters are now producing power off the coast of Virginia and their locations are charted on the Portal.
Users can access the new Virginia Offshore Wind Turbine Locations map layer, along with the previously published Virginia Offshore Wind Turbine Area and Virginia Offshore Wind Cable Alignment layers, in the Renewable Energy theme’s Operational Offshore Energy Projects folder. Click here to view an interactive map with all three layers.
Installation was completed on the two turbines in the summer of 2020 and they became fully operational in October. The Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project is designed to demonstrate a grid-connected, 12-megawatt offshore wind test facility on the Outer Continental Shelf about 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. The data obtained and lessons learned from this project will be made publicly available and inform the future production of renewable energy within the adjacent commercial lease area, where construction is expected to begin in 2024.
The research site is leased by the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. Dominion Energy was designated as the lease operator and contracted with Ørsted to construct the turbines and L.E. Myers Company to perform onshore electrical design and construction. For more information, visit the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s CVOW project page and Dominion Energy’s Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind page.
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