News 3 gets firsthand look at massive Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind pilot wind turbines

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Posted at 4:35 PM, Jun 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-16 23:29:21-04

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - News 3 went out into the ocean to get a firsthand look at the massive Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind pilot wind turbines that could be providing energy to your home.

Right now, there are two wind turbines about 27 miles of the coast of Virginia Beach, but 180 are eventually planned.

Dominion Energy said the wind turbines will generate enough power for about 660,000 homes and that the project is bringing 900 jobs to our region.

“This is the beginning. We’re looking at the future, and this is a pretty exciting time to be a part of Dominion Energy and to be a part of the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) Project Operations and Maintenance Manager Kevin Carroll.

Dominion Energy officials said the project could increase your power bill by 3%.

They said the pilot turbines are connected to the grid via lower voltage wires.

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In order to deliver the energy generated by the offshore wind turbines to homes and businesses, they said new electric transmission lines are needed to connect to Dominion Energy’s existing Fentress substation in the City of Chesapeake.

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