Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project reaches key milestone

‘Record of Decision’ paves the way for enough clean energy to power nearly 1 million homes

For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023

Lee Francis | Deputy Director
Virginia League of Conservation Voters
(434) 989-3197 |


RICHMOND – Today, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued its Record of Decision in favor of moving the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project forward. The largest project of its kind, CVOW will consist of 176 wind turbines roughly 23.5 nautical miles off Virginia’s coast, capable of generating enough clean energy to power nearly 1 million homes.

In response to this decision, Michael Town, Executive Director of the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, issued the following statement:

“Virginia’s truly reached a clean energy milestone and we wouldn’t be here without the Biden Administration’s leadership on renewable energy and the visionary policies enacted by the General Assembly in 2020 and 2021 – policies that Governor Youngkin and his allies have repeatedly tried to weaken or repeal, despite the clear economic and environment benefits of advancing a clean energy future. This project is a milestone, but is hopefully the first of many to come – we must do everything we can to transition to a clean and just energy future and offshore wind will play an outsized role as we commit to 100 percent clean electricity by mid-century.”

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