“Today’s action by the U.S. Department of the Interior accelerates responsible renewable energy development off the coast of North Carolina. ”

“If developed responsibly, offshore wind energy promises to generate not only clean electricity, but also jobs and economic growth. This clean, renewable energy resource has the potential to create tens of thousands of jobs in North Carolina in the coming decades, while coexisting with the thriving ocean-based industries that create billions of dollars in GDP for the state, including tourism, recreation, and commercial fishing.

“Strong protections for sensitive marine resources and marine life, including fisheries, coral reefs, and the endangered North American Right Whale,  are critical to any responsible development of offshore wind facilities,” said David Carr, General Counsel, of the Southern Environmental Law Center on the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announcement of the Kitty Hawk offshore wind lease sale off of the northern Outer Banks.

The BOEM notice is available at: https://www.boem.gov/FSN-NC/.  The lease sale is planned for March 16th. The first offshore wind farm in the United States, locatedoff Rhode Island, started sending clean power to the grid in December 2016. Massachusetts and New York recently adopted offshore wind targets to generate 1600 and 2400 MW respectively, and Europe has enough wind turbines spinning offshore to replace 10 large, polluting coal-fired power plants.