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Governor Cooper Announces 2022 Proposed Budget, Allocates $20M for Radio Island
SEWC Press Release , May 17, 2022

Raleigh, N.C. - On May 11th, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper released his recommended budget for FY 2022-2023 - Building on Success. The plan put forth by the Governor includes a budget that builds on the state’s success by investing in North Carolina’s transition towards renewable energy that will tackle the climate crisis, support thousands of well-paying jobs, and create millions of dollars in economic development and infrastructure improvements. The Southeastern Wind Coalition applauds the Governor’s demonstrated commitment towards the transition to clean energy and offshore wind.

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces Winners for Carolina Long Bay Wind Energy Areas
SEWC Press Release , May 11, 2022

​The Department of the Interior today announced the results of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) offshore wind sale off the coast of North Carolina in the Carolina Long Bay area. These results are a major milestone towards achieving the Biden-Harris Administration’s goal of reaching 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030, and North Carolina’s goal of reaching 2.8 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030. Today’s lease sale offered two lease areas totaling 110,091 acres in the Carolina Long Bay area approximately 20 miles off the coast of Bald Head Island, NC. The two lease areas have the potential to support at least 1.3 gigawatts of offshore wind, enough wind energy to power approximately 500,000 homes. The lease sale drew winning bids from two companies totalling approximately $315 million. ​

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces Wilmington East Wind Energy Area Lease Sale
SEWC Press Release , March 25, 2022

Raleigh, N.C. - On Friday, March 25th, the Department of the Interior announced that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has completed its environmental review of the Carolina Long Bay area and will hold a wind energy auction for two lease areas within the Wilmington East Wind Energy Area offshore North Carolina on May, 11 2022.

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SEWC Commissions Visual Simulations of Wilmington East Wind Energy Area
SEWC Press Release, January 28, 2022

Southport, N.C. – The OSW4NC coalition will present visualizations of the Wilmington East Offshore Wind Plan on Friday, January 28th from 9:00am to 1:00pm in the Great Hall of the Southport Community Center.

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New Report: Offshore Wind to Generate Billions for North Carolina Economy
SEWC Report, January 19, 2022

Over the next decade offshore wind is expected to play a significant role in decarbonizing the U.S. electric sector, and especially along the East Coast. When states are considering offshore wind goals, they will certainly evaluate the myriad of associated costs and benefits. This analysis was developed to help decision makers quantify some of the economic development and environmental benefits associated with offshore wind.

The analysis found that in both scenarios, the theoretical 2.8GW offshore wind project provides a net economic benefit to North Carolina ranging from $3.8 billion to $4.6 billion.

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