08.9.2022

Virginia Approves Offshore Wind Project

The Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project, which still faces federal reviews, but which is beloved of the Biden Administration, calls for 176 turbines and three substations to be constructed 27 miles off Virginia Beach.  Generated electricity will then come ashore, and 17 miles of major transmission upgrades will be built to feed it into the grid.  The nameplate value is almost 2,600 megawatts but that is misleading, as the company is only promising a 42% capacity factor – less than 1,100 megawatt of average output over time.

Authored by Stephen Haner and originally published at the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy on 8 August 2022 here.

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