Advancing Wind Energy In the Southeast

Duke Energy’s Updated Load Forecast Calls for 2400 MW of Offshore Wind in the Carolinas

Raleigh, N.C. – Today, Duke Energy filed supplemental modeling, additional portfolio analysis, and supplemental testimony with North Carolina regulators for the proposed combined Carbon Plan and Integrated Resource Plan (CPIRP). The Carbon Plan is mandated through HB951 and requires the NCUC to take ‘all reasonable steps’ to achieve 70 percent carbon emission reductions from 2005 levels by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 using a least-cost approach.

Louisiana Wind Energy Week

January 15-19, 2024

Lafayette | Baton Rouge | New Orleans

Produced by GNO, Inc. and the Southeastern Wind Coalition, Louisiana Wind Energy Week will convene local stakeholders, national partners, industry leaders, and environmental specialists in a week of enriching activities surrounding the State of Louisiana’s emerging offshore wind industry.

Offshore Wind in the Southeast

According to the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia have 82% of the East Coast resource in shallow water and more than 12 miles offshore and 45% of the total East Coast offshore wind resource.

Proximity to the warm water of the Gulf Stream to the coast, especially off North Carolina, creates a highly energetic microclimate with higher wind speeds

A gently sloping continental shelf allows for the more cost competitive fixed-bottom structure wind turbines to be placed farther away from the coast, especially compared to the North. The greater the distance from shore, the stronger the wind resource.

The Southeast Leads In Offshore Wind

27 miles off the coast of Virginia Dominion Energy is building the largest offshore wind project in the United States. At 176 turbines, Dominion’s CVOW project will generate 2.6gw of carbon free energy. Enough to power over 660,000 homes!

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Supply Chain Map

The Southeastern Wind Coalition has worked with the American Clean Power Association and North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center to create a Wind Industry Supply Chain Asset Map for the Southeast region. This project maps companies and facilities in the region that currently supply or could supply products and services to the wind industry. This is a living map and we highly encourage those in the supply chain to register!

Land Based Wind In The Southeast

 The first and only large-scale project in the Southeast is Avangrid’s Amazon Wind Farm US East (AWFUSE). A 208 MW wind farm in northeast North Carolina, the project reached full commercial operation in February 2017.

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Land Based Wind

Despite having few utility-scale wind energy installations, there are significant land-based wind resources in the Southeast. Technological advancements such as longer blade lengths and taller towers are opening up areas in the Southeast for wind development that were previously thought to be unviable by allowing developers to access faster wind speeds at higher altitude.

States We Work In

Our work at the Southeastern Wind Coalition covers the entire southeastern region, with a particular focus on the highlighted states. Click to learn more about our work.