BOEM Announces Offshore Wind Sale in the Central Atlantic
For Immediate Release: December 11, 2023
Media Contact: Julia Pendleton, firstname.lastname@example.org
Raleigh, N.C. – Yesterday, the Department of the Interior released a Proposed Sale Notice (PSN) for two offshore wind lease areas in the Central Atlantic, marking an important step on the path to continued offshore wind development in the region. The PSN outlines the intention of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to hold a lease sale for two previously identified Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) off the coast of Virginia and Maryland. Located 35 nautical miles off the coast of Virginia, Area C-1 contains 176,505 acres and is adjacent to the eastern edge of the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project, and northeast of the Kitty Hawk Wind project. With three WEAs totaling 336,647 acres in proximity to the Commonwealth, Virginia has the potential to exceed its 5.6 gigawatt (GW) offshore wind goal outlined in the 2020 Virginia Clean Economy Act.
Additional development opportunities in proximity to Virginia not only provide the Commonwealth with clean energy options, but support the development of an offshore wind supply chain and workforce in the Hampton Roads region. Every GW of new development is anticipated to yield 5,200 direct and indirect jobs in Virginia and more than $740 million in economic output. BOEM’s commitment to advancing the offshore wind industry through actions such as today’s PSN is an opportunity for Virginia to further strengthen its position as an offshore wind industry leader in the region.
The draft WEAs announced by BOEM in 2022 included acreage off the coast of Maryland and North Carolina. While WEA B-1 and WEA D were not selected to move forward in this initial round of Central Atlantic leasing, additional potential offshore wind areas along the Central Atlantic coastline will be analyzed for inclusion in a subsequent offshore wind lease sale as early as 2025. Additional Central Atlantic lease sales are necessary to help North Carolina and other southeastern states realize the full economic potential of offshore wind.
The Southeastern Wind Coalition is a 501(c)3 that works to advance the land-based and offshore wind industry in the Southeast. We focus on providing fact-based information on the economic and environmental opportunities of wind energy, and encourage solutions that result in net economic benefits to residents and ratepayers. For more information about the Southeastern Wind Coalition visit www.sewind.org.