Beginning near the end of the 19th century, Orville and Wilbur Wright traveled to the Outer Banks of North Carolina to test their prototype airplanes because of the strong coastal winds.

Now, over a century later, our state has the opportunity to harness that same, abundant offshore wind resource to generate the electricity we need to power our homes and our businesses, while protecting the air, water, and natural beauty that make North Carolina a place we are proud to call home.

Help make Offshore Wind a reality for North Carolina!  Click here to join our Offshore Wind Action Team!

This year we have seen a push from our leaders to start drilling for oil and gas off the coast of North Carolina. Check out our new Offshore Drilling page to find out why this isn't a good idea for NC.

 

The Basics

North Carolina has the best offshore wind resources on the East Coast.  Also, offshore wind in North Carolina could bring 24,500 new jobs and $2.9 billion to local economies in the construction phase alone.                                            

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do the turbines work?
What is the impact on birds, bats, and marine wildlife?
What happens when the wind isn’t blowing? 
 
You've got questions, we've got answers.  

 

What We Are Doing...

Whether it's educating the public or elected officials, the Sierra Club's Offshore Wind Team has been hard at work making sure people know that wind is part of the solution.                                              
 
Check out what else we've been up to…