Comment on Southern Co Offshore Wind Lease

Guest Blog | January 14, 2013 | Position Statements

SACE would like to voice our support for offshore wind energy and the OCS Renewable Energy Program Interim Policy Lease for Southern Company. The Southeastern U.S. coast is home to some of the best offshore wind resource in the world. This abundant resource represents a huge economic and environmental opportunity over the next several decades. The relatively shallow offshore waters in our region are ideal for developing wind farms. In addition to increasing our energy security, development of offshore wind energy will diversify our region’s energy portfolio, promote local economic growth, reduce global warming pollution and conserve water resources for our region. Offshore wind energy from the Southeast can help our region achieve a vision of generating 20% of its electricity from wind power by the year 2030. Before our region can become home to offshore wind farms and a thriving center for wind innovation, important research needs to be completed and several barriers overcome. SACE-Comments-on-BOEM-NOI-EA-GA-1.14.13.pdf