- Published: 24 September 2021 24 September 2021
A group of North Carolina business, energy, and environmental advocates have announced the formation of a coalition to advance offshore wind in North Carolina.
The Offshore Wind for North Carolina coalition (OSW4NC) will engage North Carolina residents, businesses, and state and federal leaders to elevate the economic and environmental opportunities that offshore wind presents, and urge state and federal governments to move forward with policies necessary for North Carolina to reap the full suite of benefits of its offshore wind potential. This includes removing market barriers to offshore wind power, evaluating future wind energy areas off North Carolina’s coast, and ensuring offshore wind is developed in an environmentally responsible manner. The OSW4NC supports the offshore wind targets Governor Cooper established through Executive Order (EO) 218, including offshore wind energy targets of 2.8-gigawatts by 2030 and 8.0-gigawatts by 2040. Founding OSW4NC partner organisations include Audubon North Carolina, Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy, Environmental Defense Fund, Environmental Entrepreneurs, North Carolina Coastal Federation, North Carolina Conservation Network, North Carolina League of Conservation Voters, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, Sierra Club North Carolina, and Southeastern Wind Coalition.