For Immediate Release: June 15, 2023
Media Contact: Jenny Netherton, firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Greater New Orleans, Inc., Taproot Earth, and Healthy Gulf signed on to these comments as well.
The Southeastern Wind Coalition suggests that the Office of Mineral Resources should seek to increase regulatory certainty in the leasing process, ensure that industry standards are considered as a baseline, and embrace a holistic approach to leasing in state waters. Offshore wind leasing near-shore is rare in the United States, and Louisiana has a combination of resource potential, workforce, and associated infrastructure to lead the charge in near-shore leasing.
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.