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Forum to highlight NC's wind power potential

Posted April 18, 2012 7:55 a.m. EDT
Updated April 18, 2012 7:56 a.m. EDT

— Leaders of the wind power industry in North Carolina will meet Wednesday evening at a forum at Meredith College to discuss the future of offshore wind development and how it could impact the state's energy future. 

Marcilynn Burke, assistant secretary at the Department of the Interior, will be making opening remarks at the Offshore Wind Forum, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Kresge Auditorium, in the Cate Center.

Burke oversees the Bureau of Ocean Eenrgy Management, which has jurisdiction over offshore wind development in federal waters. 

The first lease blocks off North Carolina's coast could become available as early as 2013.

Recent studies by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that North Carolina has the best offshore wind resources of any state on the East Coast. 

"Offshore wind can be a tremendous domestic energy resource for North Carolina,” said Will Morgan, Director of Government Relations for the NC Sierra Club, in a statement. “Our state can put thousands of people to work and help lessen our dependence on dirty forms of energy like coal by looking at the long term solution that offshore wind provides.”

In March, Ming Yang Wind Power announced that it will be opening a research and development facility in Raleigh.