The U.S. Department of Energy posted to its website on Oct. 5 a Finding of No Significant Impact dated Sept. 10 related to its proposed funding help for a pilot offshore wind project of Virginia Electric and Power, a subsidiary of Dominion Resources (NYSE: D).
DOE is proposing to fund Virginia Electric and Power’s Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project (VOWTAP). The proposed VOWTAP project consists of design, construction and operation of a 12-MW offshore wind facility located approximately 24 nautical miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va., on the Outer Continental Shelf. The project would be made up of two 6-MW wind turbines.
In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management was the lead federal agency and DOE was a cooperating agency in the development of the environmental assessment (EA) for this project. The EA evaluated the potential environmental impacts of providing federal funding for the project. The analysis provided in the EA supports DOE’s determination that providing federal funding for the project will not significantly affect the quality of the human and natural environment.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said in a notice published in the Sept. 29 Federal Register that it has issued the Revised Environmental Assessment and also Finding of No Significant Impact for the Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project.