Federal officials are seeking public input on proposed commercial leasing for wind power off the northeast North Carolina coast and have set two meetings to explain the process.
A proposed sale notice and request for interest for companies that seek to bid in an auction for one lease for commercial wind energy development in the 122,405-acre offshore Kitty Hawk lease area was announced Aug. 12. A 60-day comment period began Aug. 16 and continues through Oct. 17.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will host a public auction seminar to describe the auction format and explain the auction rules 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 20 at the Julia Jones Daniel Center for Community Leadership, 711 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh.
BOEM will also host a public meeting 5 – 8 p.m. on Sept. 21 at Jennette’s Pier, 7223 South Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head.
The public may submit comments by one of two methods:
- Electronically at http://www.regulations.gov. In the entry entitled, “Enter Keyword or ID,” enter BOEM-2016-0045, then click “search.” Follow the instructions to submit public comments.
- Mail or deliver in an envelope labeled “Comments on North Carolina PSN & RFI” to: BOEM Office of Renewable Energy Programs, 45600 Woodland Road, VAM-OREP, Sterling, Va. 20166.
The Kitty Hawk wind energy area begins about 24 nautical miles from shore and extends about 25.7 nautical miles in a general southeast direction.