News | March 13, 2013

Wind energy off VA & NC coasts

With strong encouragement from SELC, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has announced it will auction a lease for nearly 113,000 acres off Virginia for wind energy projects with potential to power 700,000 homes. When a winning bidder is selected, we will continue to push for prompt development of this clean energy resource along with responsible environmental protections. 

Additionally, BOEM has issued a call for interest in developing three wind energy areas off North Carolina, totaling 1,441 square miles, and our law and policy experts submitted extensive information on marine wildlife that will help the agency make wise decisions about potential lease sales in these areas. North Carolina’s new governor, Pat McCrory, recently expressed his support for wind development off the coast.