North Carolina Steps Closer to Offshore Wind Energy

Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Washington, DC—Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the designation of over 275,000 acres off the coast of North Carolina for offshore wind on August 11. Environment North Carolina Field Director Dave Rogers issued the following statement in response:

“We are thrilled that the Obama administration has announced another critical step forward in making this vision a reality for America. There is tremendous potential for producing clean, pollution-free wind energy off of our coasts and over time we can expand wind energy areas much farther. ”

“North Carolina has fallen behind in the race for offshore wind but it’s not too late to catch up. Gov. Pat McCrory has said he supports offshore wind power, but so far his administration has focused on promoting dirty drilling instead. Now he has a chance to back his talk with a local commitment to harness the pollution-free energy that never runs out.”