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SEWC Statement on the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022
SEWC Press Release , July 28, 2022

Last night, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced a bill that includes the single largest climate and energy investment in United States history. The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 is intended to fight inflation and spur domestic energy production by reducing regulatory barriers and making strategic investments in the clean energy supply chain. With $369 billion in climate, resilience and energy investments, the bill is estimated to cut carbon emissions by 40% by 2030

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Biden Admin Announces Exec. Action to Boost Offshore Wind in the Gulf of Mexico and Mid Atlantic
SEWC Press Release , July 21, 2022

Raleigh, N.C. - Yesterday, the Biden Administration announced executive action to boost offshore wind development opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico and across the mid- and southern Atlantic Coast. The announcement cited the Administrations’ bold goal of deploying 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030 and the immense economic opportunity that offshore wind development will bring to the Southeast, including a domestic supply chain, a diverse workforce, good-paying jobs, and industry training programs.

As part of the announcement, the Department of the Interior announced two draft Wind Energy Areas and an accompanying draft Environmental Assessment to consider potential offshore wind power in the Gulf of Mexico. The Administration will seek public input on two potential Wind Energy Areas—one off the coast of Galveston, Texas and another off the coast of Lake Charles, Louisiana. The area for review covers over 700,000 acres, with the potential to power over three million homes.

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South Carolina Governor McMaster Signs Bill Calling for an Offshore Wind Economic Development Study
SEWC Press Release , June 22, 2022

Columbia, SC - On Friday, June 17, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed into law House Bill 4831, which calls on the State’s Department of Commerce (Commerce) to conduct a study on the economic and supply chain advantages that South Carolina can leverage to compete in the United States’ nascent offshore wind industry. The bill calls on Commerce to evaluate: 1) specific segments of the offshore wind industry that South Carolina is particularly well-positioned to support, including manufacturing, assembly, and ancillary services; 2) potential benefits to local tax bases, including high-impact public and private investment opportunities, particularly in rural communities; 3) ancillary benefits, like improved public health outcomes; and 4) the overall impact of the offshore wind industry on South Carolina’s net economic output.

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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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