Up Close & Personal with Our Offshore Wind Project

An “a-ha” moment for an employee building the next generation of clean energy.

Lloyd, manager of project construction for our Offshore Wind group, leads the project management team responsible for the development and construction of the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) projects.


How do the wind turbines actually make energy?

Our Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind “CVOW” project consists of installing wind turbines in the ocean in order to produce clean energy that doesn’t harm our environment. Wind off the coast blows the turbine blades causing them to spin, which then allows the turbines to produce electricity. This is necessary so that when you flip the light switch at home or want to play with your video game system, you have power available to turn it on.


What do you love about your job?

The best part about my job is being able to serve my community by providing clean power with a project that is both challenging and the first of a kind in the United States. I also love supporting my team members with their career development goals and witnessing them achieve success.


"The best part about my job is being able to serve my community by providing clean power with a project that is both challenging and the first of a kind in the United States."


How did you become interested in working in energy?

One of my fondest memories as a child was having the opportunity to visit my father at work throughout his 28-year career at our local Electric Cooperative. As an adult, I now carry the torch from my father and continue to live out our family’s legacy of serving the community whether, it's through volunteering or serving customers though my career in the utility industry. This is something that I take very seriously especially since I’m my father’s namesake. No pressure, right?


Why is it important to invest in projects like these?

It’s important to invest in clean energy to demonstrate our focus and care of the environment while continuing to meet the needs of the community we serve.


What's it like traveling 27-miles offshore to see the turbines up close?

I was very overwhelmed with excitement and in awe seeing the detailed engineering of the turbines up close in their new environment. It was an "aha” moment while at the site knowing this project represented a historic moment for clean energy — the first offshore wind project for Dominion and the first offshore wind project in the United States located in federal waters.

For me this moment also represented a major career accomplishment, driven by a strong network and mentor. And it represented a full circle moment for my career, from starting Dominion Energy as a project engineer on the CVOW project to leading the construction of the project.