On July 1, 2021, BOEM announced it will publish a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Commercial Project Offshore Virginia. The following documents are available for your viewing.
- Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS (BOEM-2021-0040)
- CVOW-C Construction and Operations Plan and Appendices
The Notice of Intent initiates a 30-day public comment period that ends on August 2, 2021. During the public comment period, BOEM will be hosting three virtual scoping meetings where you can learn more about the Construction and Operations Plan (COP), ask questions, and provide oral testimony.
For more information, please see: CVOW Scoping Virtual Meeting Room
Following the comment period, BOEM will publish a scoping report and use the comments received during the public scoping process to identify issues and potential alternatives for consideration in the CVOW-C Draft EIS. Please find a permitting timeline here: https://cms.permits.performance.gov/proj/coastal-virginia-offshore-wind-commercial-project/environmental-impact-statement-eis
Construction and Operations Plan
Dominion Energy submitted its COP on December 17, 2020. BOEM will review the COP and approve, disapprove, or approve with modifications the proposed activities. An updated COP was submitted on June 17, 2021.
Dominion Energy intends to develop, build, operate, and own an up to 3,000 MW commercial offshore wind energy facility, also known as the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Commercial Project (CVOW-C). The project is located within federal waters on the OCS, specifically in BOEM Renewable Energy Lease Area OCS-A 0483, approximately 27 statute miles offshore Virginia Beach.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Construction and Operations Plan (COP) submitted by Dominion Energy.
If approved, the COP would allow construction and operation of up to 205 turbines that will connect in the area of Hampton Roads in Virginia. The project is approximately 27 statute miles offshore Virginia Beach.
The publication of the NOI initiates the public scoping process and opens a 30-day public comment period, which ends on August 2, 2021. During this time, BOEM will hold public scoping meetings and accept comments. The public scoping process is used to identify issues and potential alternatives for consideration in the EIS.
A commercial lease with Virginia Electric and Power Company (dba Dominion Virginia Power) for the Virginia Wind Energy Area went into effect on November 1, 2013. The commercial lease sale (i.e., auction) for this lease was held September 4, 2013, representing the second competitive lease sale for renewable energy on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Additional information about this lease is provided below.
Call for Information and Nominations
The OCS Lands Act requires BOEM to award leases competitively, unless BOEM determines there is no competitive interest. On Feb. 3, 2012, BOEM published a "Call for Information and Nominations" ("Call") in the Federal Register to initiate the first step in the renewable energy leasing process offshore Virginia. The purpose of the Call was to help BOEM determine whether competitive interest exists in the Call Area. The Call also requested information from the public on issues relevant to BOEM's review of nominations for potential leasing in the area. Click on the links below to view maps of the Virginia Call Area:
On Feb. 3, 2012, BOEM also published in the Federal Register a Notice of Availability for the final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for commercial wind lease issuance and site assessment activities on the Atlantic OCS offshore New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. Consultations ran concurrently with preparation of the EA and included consultations under the Endangered Species Act, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and the Coastal Zone Management Act.
The comment period for the Virginia Call closed on March 19, 2012. In response, BOEM received eight public comment submissions and eight nominations of interest by companies wishing to obtain a commercial lease for a wind energy project.
Proposed Sale Notice
The Virginia Proposed Sale Notice (PSN) was published in the Federal Register on December 3, 2012 under Docket ID: BOEM-2012-0033. The PSN provided the proposed lease terms and conditions, as well as details regarding how the lease sale could conducted. A 60-day comment period accompanied the notice and provided an opportunity for potential bidders to submit input to BOEM before the lease package and auction procedures were finalized. In response, BOEM received two additional qualifications packages from companies wishing to participate in the auction. Several public comments submissions were also received by BOEM in response to this notice, which are available by clicking here. BOEM also held a public seminar during this comment period to introduce potential bidders and the public to the auction format and procedures, as well as answer any questions. Information related to the PSN is provided below:
- Map of the Area Proposed for Leasing in the Virginia PSN
- Commercial Lease OCS-A 0483 (proposed)
- Bidders Financial Form (proposed)
Final Sale Notice
On July 23, 2013, BOEM announced in a Final Sale Notice that a commercial lease sale (i.e., auction) will be held Sept. 4, 2013, for the Wind Energy Area (WEA) offshore Virginia. The auction represents the second competitive lease sale for renewable energy on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
The WEA covers approximately 112,799 acres and its western edge is located about 23.5 nautical miles from the Virginia Beach coastline. It will be auctioned as a single lease and is expected to support more than 2,000 megawatts of wind generation – enough electricity to power 700,000 homes. Materials related to the Final Sale Notice are below:
- Final Sale Notice
- Map of the Virginia Commercial Lease Area
- Map of the Virginia Commercial Area with Nautical Chart
- Commercial Lease
- Auction System Technical Supplement
- Bidders Financial Form
- Alternate Bidding Form
- Electronic Payment Instructions
- Response to Comments
The area available for auction is identical to the one announced in the Proposed Sale Notice (PSN) published in the Federal Register on Dec. 3, 2012 for a 60-day public comment period. BOEM carefully considered public comments received during this time prior to developing the Final Sale Notice, as discussed in the Response to Comments above.
The commercial lease sale for Virginia was held on September 4, 2013. At the conclusion of the sale, BOEM announced that Virginia Electric and Power Company (dba Dominion Virginia Power) was the provisional winner. The sale received $1.6 million as the high bid. In addition to Dominion Virginia Power, the other participant in the sale was Apex Virginia Offshore Wind, LLC. A summary of bidding results is provided here.
On Nov. 1, 2013, the commercial wind energy lease with Dominion Virginia Power went into effect. The executed lease and maps of the lease area are provided below.
- Commercial Lease OCS-A 0483
- Map of Commercial Lease Area
- Map of Commercial Lease Area with Nautical Chart
Site Assessment Plan
On October 12, 2017, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management approved the Site Assessment Plan (SAP) for Lease OCS-A 0483 (Dominion). The plan details the methods and procedures Dominion will use to collect and analyze meteorological data and information on the conditions of the marine environment within the Commercial Lease. The SAP approval allows for the installation of a WindSentinel™, a floating light detection and ranging (LiDAR) buoy. For additional information, please find the approved SAP below:
- SAP Approval for Lease OCS-A 0483
- Site Assessment Plan
- Appendix A - Agency Correspondence
- Appendix B - Health and Safety Plan
- Appendix D - WindSentinel Buoy Technical Details
- Appendix F – Vessel Specifications
- Appendix G – Incident Report: Protected Species Injury or Mortality
- Appendix H – Air Emission Calculations
A complete Site Assessment Plan was submitted by Dominion Virginia Power to BOEM for meteorological evaluations and site assessment on March 2, 2016.
The plan details the methods and procedures Dominion will use to collect and analyze meteorological data and information on the conditions of the marine environment within the Commercial Lease. Collection of this data will be performed using a WindSentinel™, a floating light detection and ranging (LiDAR) buoy. The plan also details the installation and operation of the WindSentinel™.
Semi-annual Progress Reports
As required by Addendum C, paragraph 2.2.1 of the Lease, Dominion has a semi-annual reporting requirement and must submit to BOEM a semi‐annual (i.e., every six months) progress report through the duration of the site assessment term that includes a brief narrative of the overall progress since the last progress report, or – in the case of the first report – since the Effective Date. Please find the reports below:
- OCS-A 0483 First Semi Annual Progress Report May 2014 Dominion
- OCS-A 0483 Second Semi Annual Progress Report October 2014 Dominion
- OCS-A 0483 Third Semi Annual Progress Report May 2015 Dominion
- OCS-A 0483 Fourth Semi Annual Progress Report October 2015 Dominion
- OCS-A 0483 Fifth Semi Annual Progress Report April 2016 Dominion
- OCS-A 0483 Sixth Semi Annual Progress Report November 2016 Dominion
- OCS-A 0483 Seventh Semi Annual Progress Report May 2017 Dominion