Press Release | May 2, 2024

Southern Environmental Law Center shows support for offshore wind project amid legal challenges and misinformation 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — This week a federal judge asked the administration to clarify its plans for protecting endangered North Atlantic right whales during construction of Dominion Energy’s Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project (CVOW). This project is critical for VA’s clean energy future and addressing climate change. It is the largest offshore wind project in the nation, on track to power 660,000 homes.  

Reports of the ask slowing down the start of CVOW construction are false according to Dominion, which says it will still move forward with construction in early May.  

SELC released the following statement:  

“We’ve seen time and time again fossil fuel funded groups that have no interest in protecting endangered whales trying to stop offshore wind development simply to push their own agendas forward,” said Grayson Holmes, a senior attorney in SELC’s Virginia office. “These groups disingenuously sought an emergency order to block construction during the window of time when most right whales have moved out of Virginia’s waters. Despite efforts to stall it, the CVOW project is an example of offshore wind done right.” 

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