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Wind energy in Southeast faces obstacles

NORTH CHARLESTON — The Southeast coast has potential for offshore wind energy but the industry faces challenges, including a regulatory environment that offers little incentive for developing such power, attendees at the Southeastern Coastal Wind Conference were told Wednesday. Speakers also said there needs to be more research on offshore conditions to determine the best kind of turbines that will hold up to the winds and waves of tropical storms and hurricanes. “Offshore wind in the Southeast is an enormous opportunity,” said Brian O’Hara, president of the Southeastern Coastal Wind Coalition which is sponsoring the day-and-a-half conference. The coalition is a consortium of manufacturers, researchers and government agencies working to promote wind development from Virginia to Florida. The group says about 60 percent of the potential offshore wind resources that can be tapped on the East Coast are between Virginia and Georgia. “I would say the Southeast got a little later start in looking at offshore compared to the rest of the East Coast, but it’s quickly catching up,” he said. “We have a different approach down here with a regulated utility market.”
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Wind Farms Take Root Out at Sea

From the New York Times - In a warehouse district on the outskirts of Bremen in northwestern Germany is a big, well-lighted work space dominated by the massive top section of a wind turbine called a nacelle. It is here that Siemens, the German power systems giant, trains new employees and gives refresher courses on how to work safely on modern windmills that can rise 90 meters, or about 300 feet, and weigh more than 100 tons.
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North Carolina Is One Step Closer to Tapping Offshore Wind Energy

 

For Immediate Release

December 12, 2012

Contact: Zak Keith, 321-356-6603, zachary.keith@sierraclub.org

Dustin Chicurel-Bayard, 609-529-7145, dustin.chicurel-bayard@sierraclub.org

 

North Carolina Is One Step Closer to Tapping Offshore Wind Energy

DOI Call for Information is the First Step in the Leasing Process

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Feds say wind farms could work off Cape Fear coast

By Kate Elizabeth Queram Parcels of water off the North Carolina coast could be leased for offshore wind farming as early as 2014, though construction may not begin for up to five years after that, officials said Wednesday. "I think there will be offshore wind in North Carolina," Maureen Bornholdt, renewable energy program manager for the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, told a packed conference room at the Courtyard Marriott. "It's a matter of, in what area? That will morph depending on the type of comments we get and the ongoing discussions."
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Wind energy debate blows into Wilmington

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management took public reaction to offshore wind energy coming to our area in a meeting tonight in Wilmington. There was a packed room of people talking turbines. While some supported the idea, others were not fans. Two of the three potential sites the bureau has identified on the North Carolina coast are in our area. One seven miles and one 13 miles south of Wilmington. The economic impact of wind energy was a major topic at the meeting.
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Future of NC Wind Industry at Stake

WILMINGTON, N. C. – The future of wind energy in North Carolina and beyond is in the hands of Congress, as lawmakers decide whether to extend the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy, set to expire at the end of this year. It's estimated as many as 1,000 jobs could be lost in the state, and layoffs have already begun at a plant in Shelby that manufactures parts for wind turbines.
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Report: Mid-Atlantic offshore wind industry would create 70,000 jobs, generate billions

The large-scale development of wind power off the Mid-Atlantic coast would create more than 70,000 jobs from New York to Virginia, an industry-sponsored study concludes.
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Offshore wind can be economic boost for South Carolina

Construction of a 1GW wind farm off South Carolina’s Atlantic coast over a decade would create thousands of jobs and produce $3.66bn in economic activity in the state, according to a study released Thursday by Clemson University.
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Green Power on the Edge of Practicality

From the New York Times: "Harnessing ocean breezes has a certain logic for countries like Britain that want to replace fossil fuels with cleaner energy sources — countries where the winds howl around the rugged coasts much of the time. Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts that offshore wind will surge in Britain, providing more than 10 percent of electric power in 2020 compared with a little less than 2 percent in 2011..."
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Editorial: North Carolina must keep pace with Virginia on wind energy

WS Journal - We’re fine in the sunshine. But when a windy day comes, Virginia may blow us away. North Carolina has made progress in solar energy production, positioning itself to profit from this burgeoning field. But Virginia is clearing the way for offshore wind energy projects. We’ve done comparatively little in that regard.
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