News & Updates

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.” 

New Report: Louisiana Can Reap Job, Economic Benefits From Offshore Wind

New Orleans, La. — A report released today shows that Louisiana businesses and workers stand to benefit from the expansion of offshore wind nationally and in the Gulf of Mexico. The report, “Louisiana Offshore Wind Supply Chain Assessment,” released by the Southeastern Wind Coalition, Greater New Orleans Inc., the Center for Planning Excellence, and The Pew Charitable Trusts in collaboration with global energy consultancy Xodus Group, offers recommendations to help Louisiana tap into its wealth of energy expertise and capacity to build offshore wind in U.S. waters.

Stakeholder Reactions to the Louisiana Offshore Wind Supply Chain Assessment

“Louisianans will be building offshore wind construction and supply vessels. They will be doing underwater survey and engineering work. They will be manufacturing and assembling the turbines. The cumulative effect will be high-paying jobs with bright futures.”  

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Releases Potential Sale Notice for Gulf of Mexico 2 Wind Auction

New Orleans, LA. – Today, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) released a Potential Sale Notice (PSN) for the second wind lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM2). BOEM is proposing to auction four areas offshore from Louisiana and Texas, totaling 410,060 acres on the Outer Continental Shelf.  

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.

SEWC Statement on Louisiana Offshore Wind Operating Agreements

New Orleans, L.A. – This week, Louisiana approved the first two Operating Agreements for offshore wind leases in Louisiana state waters, representing a significant step by the state and Governor John Bel Edwards towards Louisiana’s goal of 5 GW of offshore wind by 2035. 

BOEM Announces Offshore Wind Sale in the Central Atlantic

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.

BOEM Recommends Four Final Wind Energy Areas in the Gulf of Mexico

New Orleans, LA – Today, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced four final Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) in the Gulf of Mexico region. This announcement marks a major milestone towards achieving Louisiana’s goal of 5 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity by 2035. 

Biden-Harris Administration Announces RWE As Provisional Winner of Lake Charles Lease Area

Raleigh, N.C. – The Department of the Interior today announced the results of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) offshore wind auction off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. RWE Offshore US Gulf, LLC is the provisional winner of the Lake Charles Lease Area…

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Duke Energy Files Carbon Plan IRP

Raleigh, N.C.-  On August 17th, 2023, Duke Energy filed its combined Carbon Plan and IRP (CPIRP) proposal with the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC). The Carbon Plan is mandated through HB951 and requires the NCUC to take ‘all reasonable steps’ to achieve 70 percent carbon emissions reductions from 2005 levels by 2030, and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 using a least-cost approach.