News & Updates

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. 

BOEM Announces Three Final Wind Energy Areas in the Central Atlantic

Raleigh, N.C.-  Today, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced three final Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) in the Central Atlantic region, including a lease off the coast of Virginia. This announcement marks a milestone in the Biden-Harris Administration’s goal of deploying 30 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind energy capacity by 2030. 

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces Offshore Wind Area Lease Sale in the Gulf of Mexico

Raleigh, N.C. – The Department of the Interior announced today that it will hold the first-ever offshore wind energy lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico, marking a historic step in the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to achieve 30 GW of offshore wind by 2030. 

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SEWC Submits Comments in Response to an NOI Amending LAC 43:V.Chapter 7, 707, 711-717, and 725-733- Leasing State Lands and Water Bottoms for the Exploration, Development and Production of Wind Energy

Raleigh, N.C. – On June 12, 2023, the Southeastern Wind Coalition (SEWC) submitted public comments in response to a Notice of Intent (NOI) Amending LAC 43:V.Chapter 7, 707, 711-717, and 725-733- Leasing State Lands and Water Bottoms for the Exploration, Development and Production of Wind Energy.

Offshore Wind Will Keep the Lights On

On Christmas Eve, half a million North Carolinians were impacted by rolling blackouts during an extreme cold snap. It brought electric reliability to the forefront of public thought once again. Duke Energy said the cause of the blackouts was a combination of reliance on unavailable purchased power from neighboring utilities and under-performance from key energy resources: two coal plants and a natural gas one. The plants were impacted by weather, causing components to freeze and drastically reduce energy production. Their backup, generators in neighboring utilities, had no power to spare since they experienced the same cold snap.