From Scott Carlberg

Wind energy can be produced onshore or offshore. North Carolina just put out a request for proposals to spur offshore development and bolster the supply chain for that energy source in the state. The Energy News Network reported on the effort.

North Carolina receives less than one percent of its energy from wind today. (Left)

Average annual wind speed in NC. More wind far east and west. (Source)

From the state: “This Request for Proposals seeks expertise in offshore wind development, particularly as it relates to the industry supply chain, build-out of the various supply chain sectors, port and other infrastructure requirements and recommended upgrades, and long-term service needs.”Wind has provided utility-scale power generation in North Carolina since 2016. In 2017, North Carolina’s first utility-scale wind farm, with 208 megawatts of capacity from 104 turbines, came online in the northeastern part of the state, according to the Energy Information Agency.

“In the near term, federal officials have identified two patches of sea near Wilmington that could host wind farms, and an area just beyond the Kitty Hawk horizon is already in the early stages of development. Turbines in the three sites combined could create enough electricity to power more than 1.5 million homes,” says the Energy News Network story.

The Carolinas have a long-term positive history in the energy industry. ECC believes that can be tapped for the benefit of supply chains and jobs for wind energy and other sources of energy to enhance a diversified approach to energy generation. Disciplines such as mechanical and electrical engineering can serve varied energy sources and a diversified, robust energy industry supports jobs.

Check the brochure below online here.

Feature image: National Renewable Energy Labs