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Contact your Senator to Support NC Offshore Wind!

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Contact your State Senator and urge them to support SB 747 – the Offshore Wind Jobs and Economic Development Act! State Senator Fletcher Hartsell (R-Cabarrus) introduced SB 747 – the Offshore Wind Jobs and turbine_copy.pngEconomic Development bill on April 20th. This bi-partisan legislation would strategically promote North Carolina as a global leader on offshore wind energy.

Please contact your state Senator and ask them to co-sponsor and support SB 747, today! See our sample email below and Click Here to find out who represents you and get their email address!

North Carolina arguably has some of the best offshore wind resource in the country – due to its high winds, and shallow waters close to shore. A National Renewable Energy Laboratory study estimates that for every 1 megawatt of offshore wind energy installed, over 20 jobs are created. For North Carolina, the Offshore Wind Jobs and Economic Development Bill (SB 747) could help generate between 50,000 and 100,000 offshore wind jobs by 2030!

For more information on offshore wind, please visit our Learn About page on the topic, or email Simon Mahan, at Simon[at]cleanenergy.org.


SAMPLE EMAIL – Copy and Paste to send to your State Senator

Subject: Please Co-Sponsor SB 747 – the Offshore Wind Jobs and Economic Development bill!

Dear Senator,

North Carolina has some of the best offshore wind energy resources in North America. A recent National Renewable Energy Laboratory study estimates the state could generate nearly seven-times more energy than its current electric demand – just from the state’s offshore wind. Please co-sponsor SB 747, the Offshore Wind Jobs and Economic Development bill so North Carolina can harness its offshore wind resource and promote job creation.

The Offshore Wind Jobs and Economic Development Act (SB 747) would:

  • Require up to 2,500 megawatts of offshore wind farms be installed off North Carolina’s coast by 2027, and establish a total state goal of 5,000 megawatts by 2030.
  • Keep consumer costs in check by establishing a competitive bidding process to select proposals that result in a net economic benefit to the State. Utilities would then lock in stable, predictable electricity prices for 20 years.
  • Encourage manufacturing of wind energy technologies by establishing a tax credit for new or retrofitted manufacturers of wind energy property.

Please co-sponsor SB 747, the Offshore Wind Jobs and Economic Development Act!

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME