National Wildlife Foundation report says state has “great potential” to harness wind energy.
North Carolina is poised to be an East Coast leader in offshore wind power. According to a report recently released by the National Wildlife Federation, “There is great potential for offshore wind power off the coasts of North Carolina, due to excellent wind speeds and large areas of shallow water that can be developed.” The same shallow waters that earned the nickname “Graveyard of the Atlantic” because of the long history of shipwrecks are now prime real estate for offshore wind farms.
Combining research from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the U.S. Department of Energy, the 62-page document estimates an offshore wind industry in North Carolina could generate power for over half a million homes and in the process create approximately 20,000 manufacturing jobs.
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