SACE | Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Building Infrastructure for the Southeast to Lead the Nation in Offshore Wind
The Southeast leads the nation in offshore wind potential, and North Carolina ranks first among all 50 states. In 2008, the DOE published a report detailing how the United States can meet 20 percent of our electric demand from onshore and offshore wind power. In this report, DOE estimates that North Carolina alone could supply more than 10,000 MW of combined onshore and offshore wind energy by 2030. To help leverage this potential, SACE coordinates with the Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina state energy offices and the DOE to manage the Southeastern Ocean Based Renewable Energy Infrastructure Project (SOBREIP). Over time, it is likely that offshore wind farms in these three states can generate 49 to 60 gigawatts of power! This is enough energy to power entire cities with offshore wind. We know that the power exists, but recognize that the question of how to harness it and bring it to your door remains.
Wind energy is also bringing jobs to the Southeast. According to the American Wind Energy Association, the burgeoning wind industry has directly or indirectly resulted in 1,200 to 3,000 jobs at 34 manufacturing facilities in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee.
The Southeast has the capacity to lead the nation in offshore wind. The question is: How quickly can the infrastructure be put into place? SACE is confident that offshore wind will be a key part of the Southeast’s energy future, and we will continue to promote infrastructure development so that our region is well prepared to tap the vast potential of this clean, renewable resource. Ultimately, this will lead to cleaner air, cleaner water, and healthier communities that depend on a reliable, safe energy source.