Southeastern Coastal Wind Energy Conference Showcases Region's Wind Energy Prowess

Southeastern Coastal Wind Energy Conference Showcases Region’s Wind Energy Prowess

CHARLOTTE, NC – Approximately 300 people are attending the Southeastern Coastal Wind Conference to learn about and promote the Southeast’s wind energy potential. Leaders from governmental agencies, utilities, academic institutions, non-profit organizations and the wind industry have joined together to discuss the costs, benefits and policy options that will drive economic growth in the region.

“The Southeast is primed and ready for the wind industry,” said Brian O’Hara, conference co-chair and president of the North Carolina Offshore Wind Coalition. “The Southeast contains a low cost and highly capable supply chain for the wind industry; the largest offshore wind resource; and some of the largest and fastest growing electricity markets. The Southeast is truly the East Coast wind energy supply chain solution.”

“South Carolina has an extensive wind field within 50 nautical miles of its coast line. The wind energy potential of our offshore areas is more than double the current electrical generating capacity of the entire state,” said Tom French, executive director of the South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance and conference organizing partner. “Clemson University Restoration Institute is also the future home to the most advanced turbine drive-train test facility in the country,” said French.

The Southeast can be the East Coast wind energy supply chain solution and possesses the following assets for wind energy development:

  • The most shallow water offshore wind energy potential on the east coast -- North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia combined have 63% of the total East Coast shallow water wind resource.

  • Five out of six of the largest electricity markets on the East Coast.
  • An impressive existing, low-cost supply chain infrastructure that has already attracted wind energy component manufacturers and wind energy development companies.

    Full conference details including organizing partners, sponsors, agenda and speakers information can be found at www.secoastalwind.org.

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