North Carolina, Slightly Delayed in East Coast Offshore Wind Race, Grows to 8 GW by 2040 – Energy and Natural Resources
United States: North Carolina, a little behind the East Coast offshore wind race, grows to 8 GW by 2040
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On June 9, 2021, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Decree 218 (NC EO), which targets 2.8 GW of offshore wind (OSW) by 2030 and 8 GW by 2040 and plans to create 600,000 related jobs and an annual contribution of $ 70 billion to the economy of North Carolina.
The NC EO follows a Executive Decree 2018 and one Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia establishing the Southeast and Mid Atlantic Regional Transformative Partnership for Offshore Wind Energy Resources (SMART-POWER) to promote, develop and expand offshore wind power generation and the accompanying industry supply chain and workforce.
The NC EO requires that the Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Commerce (Secretary) “appoint a Clean Energy Economic Development Coordinator (” the Coordinator “) to secure the economic and workforce opportunities that clean energy, including offshore wind, can supply North Carolina. “The NC EO declares that the coordinator:
- Identify and analyze the economic and workforce opportunities and challenges in North Carolina presented by the transition to a clean energy economy.
- Develop and implement policies and programs that capture strategic opportunities for North Carolina’s workforce and businesses to thrive in a clean energy economy.
- Coordinate with North Carolina Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) divisions, state agencies, local governments, businesses, community colleges, military leaders, SMART-POWER states and other partners to maximize North Carolina’s economic opportunities as the state shifts to energy conservation.
- Lead Commerce’s efforts to develop the state’s supply chain, workforce and offshore wind infrastructure.
The NC EO also requires the secretary to establish the NC Taskforce for Offshore Wind Economic Resource Strategies (“NC TOWERS” or “Taskforce”) to “provide expert advice to advance offshore wind energy projects in North Carolina. North, economic development and job creation “.
The task force is to include “a mix of people representing a variety of perspectives, including state and local governments, the offshore wind industry, economic development, the workforce, the military, the higher education, environmental protection, equity and justice, the maritime industry and tourism. “
In addition, the NC EO requires the Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) “to take the following actions to support the responsible development of offshore wind energy projects in the Outer Continental Shelf in the North. off the coast of North Carolina, in accordance with the objectives established in [the NC
- Appoint an offshore wind coordinator to lead the offshore wind activities of the NCDEQ[.]
- [I]Interface with state cabinet agencies and support the implementation of SMART-POWER.
- Coordinate efforts with Commerce to ensure alignment and synergy between offshore wind development and economic development efforts within the state.
- Collaborate with the United States Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and other federal partners to advance the rental and development of existing wind power areas in North Carolina.
- Collaborate with the federal government and other partners to identify and lease new areas for offshore wind power development through the established deconfliction process of BOEM, the military aviation clearinghouse and insurance of U.S. Department of Defense facilities, and other mechanisms that address potential competing ocean uses, such as military operations and preparedness, shipping lanes, habitat and migration patterns, fishing and visibility.
- Review, clarify and streamline regulatory and licensing requirements, where applicable, that apply to offshore wind energy development, related onshore infrastructure and related offshore wind energy activities.
Finally, the NC EO demands that the secretary of the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs “designate an offshore wind coordinator to serve as the state’s offshore wind link with North Carolina military installations, assist ensure that offshore wind power projects do not interfere with the ability of North Carolina military installations to provide national defense and coordinate with Commerce, NCDEQ and others on business-related matters military and veterans.
The NC EO also notes that the governor’s office “will continue to convene the Interagency Offshore Wind Task Force (‘the Task Force’) at least quarterly to coordinate state cabinet agencies on issues. cross-cutting issues.The task force will include senior officials from Commerce, NCDEQ, North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, North Carolina Department of Transportation and any other government agency or entity affiliated with the State concerned identified by the governor’s office. ”
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