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VIRGINIA BEACH — Dominion Energy wants to pay Virginia Beach $19 million for roughly 4 miles of city easements to transmit energy from its offshore wind project. The power company has also agreed to provide $1.14 million to replace trees that will be razed to make room for the transmission lines and power poles.
Director of Public Works LJ Hansen briefed the City Council on the transmission easement proposal Tuesday.
The Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind farm will be 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach and will include 176 wind turbines. It will generate energy to power up to 660,000 homes, according to Dominion.
Offshore construction is scheduled to begin next year.
The onshore transmission route was chosen after Dominion collected public feedback in 2021. It was approved by the State Corporation Commission in 2022.
Undersea cables will deliver the wind energy onshore at State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach. The cables will continue underground to Naval Air Station Oceana.
From there, above-ground concrete monopoles and power lines will continue toward Dam Neck Road, connecting with an existing transmission right-of-way near the Castleton neighborhood, according to the city.
The proposed route continues west, overlapping the former Southeastern Parkway and Greenbelt roadway project until just past Princess Anne Road. It then moves southwest, crossing Salem Road and the Intracoastal Waterway in Chesapeake. The route turns south toward Battlefield Golf Course before heading west to Dominion’s existing Fentress Substation in Chesapeake.
Approximately 38 acres of tree canopy in Virginia Beach would be razed to make way for the project.