North Carolina’s location is favourable to serve all markets along the East Coast, for both immediate and future demand. In addition, the presence of more than 30 manufacturing facilities in North Carolina and Virginia that provide components for the wind energy industry further favours the development of offshore wind. At present, North Carolina is home to three wind energy areas (WEAs) designated by the BOEM, of which Kitty Hawk WEA has been leased and is being developed by Avangrid Renewables.

Dr John Hardin, Executive Director, Office of Science, Technology & Innovation (OSTI), North Carolina Department of Commerce, discussed that in October 2018, when the Department of Environmental Quality released the North Carolina Clean Energy Plan, recommending support for an effort with regional states to develop a robust offshore wind industry and energy market.

Recently, he spoke at Global Transmission’s virtual event on Offshore Wind Transmission in US. Please see attached the full presentation from his session.