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Department of Environmental Quality
Department of Environmental Quality
Small Renewable Offshore Wind Energy Projects Permit Regulation (Requirements Incorporated into 9VAC15-40) [9 VAC 15 ‑ 50]    (Withdrawn)
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
Description Establish a permit by rule for offshore wind energy projects located within the three-mile limit, with rated capacity not exceeding 100 megawatts, that includes conditions and standards necessary to protect the Commonwealth's natural resources.
State Authority Code of Virginia Sections 10.1-1197.5 through 10.1-1197.11
Federal Authority N/A
Periodic Review Note Chapter not adopted- requirements incorporated into 9VAC15-40
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation To establish necessary requirements, other than those established in applicable environmental permits, to protect Virginia's natural resources which may be affected by the construction and operation of small renewable energy projects.

Address the need for a reasonable degree of certainty and timeliness in the natural-resource protections required of offshore and coastal wind energy projects by setting forth, as fully as practicable.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Mary E. Major 
Address: 1111 East Main Street, Suite 1400
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)698-4423    FAX: (804)698-4178    TDD: ()-
Current Actions
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Past Actions
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Withdrawn Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Small Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Projects Permit Regulation NOIRA Stage withdrawn on 09/28/2023 after the comment period had ended.