Advancing Wind Energy In the Southeast

SEWC Statement on Public Staff Motion Requesting Expedited Acquisition RFI for Offshore Wind    

Raleigh, N.C. – On April 17th, the North Carolina Public Staff (Public Staff) filed a motion with the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC or the Commission) requesting approval for the development and issuance of an expedited Acquisition Request for Information (ARFI) for offshore wind as part of the Carbon Plan IRP process. Duke Energy had previously requested that the Commission approve their plans to issue an ARFI in early 2025 for up to 2,400 MW of offshore wind off the coast of North Carolina “to better determine the cost and availability of offshore wind resource options for the Companies’ customers on the timelines identified in the Plan.” 

2024 International Partnering Forum

The International Partnering Forum (IPF) is the premier offshore wind energy conference in the Americas. Hosted by Oceantic Network, formerly the Business Network for Offshore Wind, IPF connects global leaders and businesses in the supply chain, offers unparalleled networking opportunities, and delivers the most timely and relevant updates on the industry, from technology and policy to safety and siting.

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 offshore wind resource in shallow water and 45% of the total East Coast offshore wind resource.

The proximity of Southeastern states to the warm water of the Gulf Stream, especially off of North Carolina, creates a highly energetic microclimate with optimal wind speeds for commercial-scale offshore wind development.

27 miles off the coast of Virginia,  Dominion Energy is building the largest commercial-scale offshore wind project in the United States. Dominion’s CVOW project will generate 2.6 GW of carbon-free energy with 176 turbines; enough energy to power over 660,000 homes.

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 partnered with the American Clean Power Association, the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, and the North Carolina Department of Commerce to create a Wind Industry Supply Chain Asset Map for the Southeast region.

This database maps companies and facilities in the region that currently supply or could supply products and services to the wind industry.

This map is a living resource, and we highly encourage those in the supply chain to register.

Land Based Wind In The Southeast

 Avangrid Renewables 208MW Amazon Wind Farm US East (AWFUSE) is the first commercial-scale land based wind project in the Southeast. This project is located in northeastern North Carolina and achieved full commercial operation in February 2017.

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Land Based Wind

Despite having few utility-scale wind energy installations, there is a significant opportunity for land-based wind in the Southeast. Technological advancements such as longer blade lengths and taller towers are allowing developers to capture higher wind speeds at higher altitudes.

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.