BOEM defines three wind energy areas offshore North Carolina

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in the U. S. has defined three Wind Energy Areas offshore North Carolina, which total approximately 307,590 acres, for potential commercial wind energy development.

By Ritesh Gupta

The areas include the Kitty Hawk Wind Energy Areas (about 122,405 acres), the Wilmington West Wind Energy Areas (about 51,595 acres) and the Wilmington East Wind Energy Areas (about 133,590 acres).

The bureau has awarded five commercial wind energy leases off the Atlantic coast: two non-competitive leases (for the proposed Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound and an area off Delaware) and three competitive leases (two offshore Massachusetts-Rhode Island and another offshore Virginia).

BOEM will hold a competitive auction for an area offshore Maryland on August19, 2014, and expects to hold additional competitive auctions for wind energy areas offshore Massachusetts and New Jersey in the coming year.