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1 First in Flight, First in Wind. First in Flight, First in Wind. Offshore Wind Energy in North Carolina Carina Barnett-Loro, NC Sierra Club Zachary Keith, Oceana Mac Montgomery, Cape Fear Sierra Club Carina Barnett-Loro, NC Sierra Club Zachary Keith, Oceana Mac Montgomery, Cape Fear Sierra Club

2 Offshore Wind Energy in North Carolina First in Flight, First in Wind Offshore Wind Energy in North Carolina UUGBgVGv7RToR8UiqKkb2Bpw&index=3&feature=plcp

3 Offshore Wind Energy in North Carolina North Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club Offshore Wind Energy in North Carolina Oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization Established in 1892; 1.4 million members and supporters NC Chapter established in ,000 members and supporters across the state, and about 200 in Carteret County Explore, enjoy, and protect the planet. Move our country Beyond Coal

4 Offshore Wind Energy in North Carolina Oceana, founded in 2001, is the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation. We believe in the importance of science in identifying problems and solutions. Over 12,000 supporters in North Carolina Protecting the Worlds Oceans

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6 NCs Current Electricity Mix

7 Offshore Wind Energy in North Carolina The Economic Cost of Coal Source: Union of Concerned Scientists

8 Offshore Wind Energy in North Carolina The Human Cost of Coal Coal pollutants affect all major body organ systems and contribute to four of the five leading causes of mortality in the U.S.: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic lower respiratory diseases. - U.S. Physicians for Social Responsibility Air Quality in NC Source: NC Division of Air Quality

9 Offshore Wind Energy in North Carolina Sierra Club, Transforming our Energy Future Clean Energy Vision for the Future

10 Offshore Wind Energy in North Carolina Where does offshore wind fit in? aKDwWQk&feature= related

11 Offshore Wind Energy in North Carolina Could Meet 100% of NCs Energy Demand

12 Offshore Wind Energy in North Carolina Offshore Wind Works: Proven Success Generating Power in Europe Operational in Europe since 1991 As of June 2011: 1,500 turbines connected to the grid; 4,000MW of capacity; 50 wind farms in 9 countries 22,000 MW of new projects are under construction and/or fully permitted 34,000 MW planned for the UK alone Projects also operating in China, Japan

13 Offshore Wind Energy in North Carolina And puts people to work. Offshore wind industry employed 34,232 people in 2010 Is projected to provide 293,746 jobs across Europe by ,000 component parts to make an offshore wind turbine

14 Offshore Wind Energy in North Carolina

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19 Governor Perdue requests Task Force formation Unsolicited lease application submitted by Apex Wind Energy North Carolina Task Force is formed; Engages Federal, State, Local, Commercial, and Tribal interests in determining appropriate lease blocks First round of lease blocks announced (expected, 10/11) Task Force generates Call for Interest (CFI) Interested developers respond to CFI, and BOEMRE reviews legal, technical, and financial qualifications Leasing Process through BOEMRE (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement) Competitive Leasing Process Non- Competitive Leasing Process

20 Offshore Wind Energy in North Carolina Potential Offshore Wind Lease Blocks Lease block is 4800m x 4800m Energy production ranges from MW

21 Offshore Wind Energy in North Carolina Manufacturing facilities follow the energy supply chain For 2,500 MW of Offshore Wind in NC: Manufacturing & Construction Jobs Operations & Maintenance Jobs 10,350 jobs (5 years each) 2,000 jobs (permanent)

22 Offshore Wind Energy in North Carolina Existing Manufacturing Base for Wind Turbine Parts ~ 17 facilities in NC currently manufacture components for the wind energy industry (green dots) with one additional announced facility (yellow dot) Industry supported 2,000-3,000 direct and indirect jobs in 2010

23 Offshore Wind Energy in North Carolina v=qwyjZcLW1Wc&feature=related Wind Works for North Carolina

24 Offshore Wind Energy in North Carolina What will it look like? Garden State Offshore Energy: New Jersey Visualizations

25 Offshore Wind Energy in North Carolina Support from both Residents & Tourists for Offshore Wind Development University of Delaware study found 90% of state residents supported offshore wind development 85% of tourists surveyed indicated that an offshore wind farm would not affect their decision to vacation at Rehoboth Beach

26 Offshore Wind Energy in North Carolina Potential Environmental Impacts & Benefits Studies from Denmark, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom have all found that offshore wind farms: o Have minimal negative effects on wildlife living in the area between offshore wind installations o Promote a higher diversity of marine life around the wind turbine foundations o Are generally avoided by migratory birds

27 Offshore Wind Energy in North Carolina First in Flight, First in Wind. NC is uniquely positioned to be a leader in US offshore wind. Forward-thinking policy is required to realize the full economic and environmental benefits of offshore wind. Support from local governments and citizens is critical for policy movement and industry investment.

28 Offshore Wind Energy in North Carolina Questions? Carina Barnett-Loro, NC Sierra Club Zak Keith, Oceana Mac Montgomery, Cape Fear Sierra Club


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