NOAA Fisheries existing analyses and reports impacts of offshore wind development on commercial and recreational fisheries off the Atlantic coast have been updated.
The recently announced draft offshore wind energy areas, including two off the northern North Carolina coast, may be scaled back before being finalized early next year.
BOEM said it will hold virtual public meetings to engage the fishing community and environmental organizations to gather more information on the proposed areas and discuss next steps.
The North Carolina Taskforce for Offshore Wind Economic Resource Strategies, or NC TOWERS, discussed with wind energy experts from the United Kingdom how to grow the state’s industry.
Nominations are due Wednesday for the new committee being established by National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.
President Biden signed the bill Tuesday, promising millions of new good-paying, clean energy jobs and repealing the previous administration’s 10-year pause on wind energy leasing off the East Coast.
Construction of wind turbines off the North Carolina coast could affect birds and marine life, and while scientists and others seek more information on the extent of those effects, those who spoke during a forum last week in Wilmington said climate change is likely a greater threat.
Nearly a dozen East Coast governors, including Gov. Roy Cooper, have joined the new Federal-State Offshore Wind Implementation Partnership.
The Offshore Wind for North Carolina coalition, or OSW4NC, is hosting the free online informational session.
The state is to hold a public hearing July 21 on the wind energy facility application.
Competitive bids from the two provisional winners in the Carolina Long Bay offshore wind energy area auction totaled $315 million.
The North Carolina Taskforce for Offshore Wind Economic Resource Strategies meets Thursday in Wilmington.
The Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comment on plans to fill in ditches and wetlands for the energy project that would tie into Dominion Energy’s existing Winfall to Mackeys transmission line in North Carolina.
The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is set to begin accepting public comment on six sites proposed for wind energy leases off the central Atlantic Coast.
BOEM has completed its environmental review and is set to hold its first wind energy auction in May for two lease areas off the coast of the Carolinas.
Offshore wind manufacturing could bring an estimated $140 billion and tens of thousands of new jobs to North Carolina by 2035, if steps are taken now, say those who spoke during the first meeting last week of a state Commerce Department task force.