A new poll released today shows broad public support for offshore wind, and 77% of North Carolina voters think the primary goal of North Carolina’s energy policy should be achieving 100% clean energy. The poll was commissioned by the Southeastern Wind Coalition and was conducted by Nexus Polling, the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication between Nov. 12-16, 2020.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards submitted a formal request to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to initiate an Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force that will explore offshore wind opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico. The creation of a BOEM Task Force is the first step in identifying potential areas for offshore wind energy development.
In a bipartisan effort, governors from Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina have entered into a partnership that will enhance regional collaboration among the states in the collective pursuit of the offshore wind industry. The Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Regional Transformative Partnership for Offshore Wind Energy Resources (SMART-POWER) will synergize each state’s strengths and best practices to amplify the opportunity for growth in the burgeoning offshore wind sector.
With $100 Billion in economic investment and 80,000 jobs in play with the US offshore wind industry, what is the opportunity for North Carolina? As the state’s economy begins to rebuild, offshore wind development with its potential for a localized supply chain, can be a path forward in creating new opportunities for investment while supporting our state’s existing manufacturing strengths.
Rewatch our event which includes the below industry experts including BVG Associates, winner of N.C. Dept. of Commerce’s offshore wind supply chain and infrastructure study as well as economic development leaders about the opportunity ahead for North Carolina and how the state can benefit from offshore wind development and the vast supply chain needed to support it.
- Chris Chung - CEO, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
- Chad Beard - General Manager, Nucor Corporation
- Amy Braswell - Executive Vice President, Ahoskie Chamber of Commerce
- Andy Geissbuehler - Advisory Director, BVG Associates
A follow up to our webinar last month, join us for this Q&A-only opportunity to ask industry experts your questions on industry trends, the development process, supply chain considerations, and details on what will be North Carolina’s first offshore wind farm, the Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind project.