Call for Information
Dominion responded to the North Carolina Call for Information in January 2013. The Call for Information by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is the first step in the commercial offshore wind leasing process. BOEM identified three areas on the Outer Continental Shelf offshore of North Carolina where commercial wind energy leasing could take place. The three Call Areas are comprised of 195 whole OCS blocks and 60 partial blocks, totaling 1,441 square nautical miles. One area is located six nautical miles offshore Kitty Hawk, and two areas are located seven and 13 nautical miles offshore southern Wilmington. Since multiple parties responded to the Call for Information, Dominion expects there will be a competitive auction for lease blocks in the future.
General Area of Interest
In order to maintain flexibility in siting projects with beneficial economies of scale, Dominion has identified a general area of interest. The company understands that the United States Coast Guard (USCG) is performing an ongoing study, the Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study (ACPARS), to determine whether offshore wind leasing off the coast of the North Carolina poses significant navigational safety risks.
In its July 2012 interim report, the USCG indicated that offshore wind development could have a high degree of conflict with vessel navigation in significant portions of the Kitty Hawk Call Area. Until the USCG makes its final determination of the potential risks associated with navigation, and considering the uncertainty regarding geologic and wind resource conditions in the Call Area, Dominion would like to maintain flexibility in its offshore wind siting and development interests until more detailed information is available. In its Call response, the Company said it would look at locations about 12 nautical miles off the coast, to limit visual impacts of the project.
Connection in Virginia
Because of the proximity to Virginia’s shore, the robust transmission system in that area of DVP’S service territory, and environmental impact considerations, DVP believes that connecting a project into Virginia is a strong option for projects in the Kitty Hawk zone.
NC Call Areas (click on the graphic to enlarge)