Dominion Energy Quadruples RE and Storage in Resource Plan

Dominion Energy Virginia has quadrupled the amount of solar and wind generation in its 15-year, long-term integrated resource plan (IRP).

In just one year, Dominion Energy Virginia has quadrupled the amount of solar and wind generation in its 15-year, long-term integrated resource plan (IRP). The increase is driven, in part, by Governor Ralph Northam’s executive order on climate change and the Virginia Clean Economy Act passed by the General Assembly.

The expansion of renewable energy development will give Virginians significant access to more renewable energy and create thousands of clean energy jobs. Dominion Energy Virginia issued a request for proposals recently soliciting bids for up to 1,000 megawatts (MW) of solar and onshore wind generation and up to 250 MW of energy storage in the Commonwealth. This is the largest solicitation in the Company’s history for renewable energy in a calendar year and will promote its efforts toward a clean energy future.

Bidders seeking more information on the competitive bidding process and the RFP submittal documents should visit here.

Projected expansion of offshore wind, solar, and energy storage development amounts to approximately 24,000 new megawatts of renewable energy and storage capacity over the next 15 years.

The long-term IRP includes:

  • More than 5,000 megawatts of offshore wind is planned by 2035, including the 2,600 MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project already announced by Dominion Energy. This offshore wind deployment—the largest in North America—has a targeted in-service date of late 2026.
  • Dominion Energy’s solar fleet, already the 4th largest among US utility holding companies, is projected to grow significantly as the Dominion Energy Virginia long-term IRP calls for the development and procurement of approximately 16,000 megawatts in the state over the next fifteen years.
  • Energy storage capacity is projected to expand to approximately 2,700 megawatts, meeting the most ambitious targets in the country set in the VCEA. This includes battery storage pilots already approved and scheduled to be online in Virginia next year.

“We’re focused on the health and safety of our employees and customers during this coronavirus pandemic and see these projects as a catalyst to restarting the economy when appropriate,” said Robert M. Blue, president, Dominion Energy Virginia. “We are putting Virginians to work on renewable energy projects that will create thousands of jobs, transforming the environment and the economy of the Commonwealth.”

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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