Offshore wind moves a step closer for North Carolina
While we're a long way behind countries like the UK, there seems to be a growing momentum behind US offshore wind development—suggesting we might finally get serious about the incredible potential for this increasingly competitive technology. The latest such signal is an announcement from the Department of Interior proposing a lease sale for the 122,405-Acre Kitty Hawk Wind Energy Area.
This announcement comes not long after both New York State and Massachusetts both took serious steps to move offshore wind forward, and after encouraging signs that European offshore wind developers are smashing cost reduction goals many years early.
The eastern seaboard of the US has long been touted for its potential for offshore wind development, with relatively shallow waters and proximity to major urban centers making for low construction and connectivity costs. According to Cleantechnica, things could move forward fast now that that the lease sale has been announced—with a 60 day comment period commencing on publication of the Proposed Sale Notice, which happens tomorrow.
Given how quickly the industry expanded in the UK, I'm excited to see things finally get rolling over here.