Offshore Energy

Seaside rocks

North Carolina has more than 64 million acres of federal Outer Continental Shelf acreage – the most of any state on the east coast. The waters off our coast hold great energy potential for oil and gas, as well as renewable energy development. Safe, responsible development of the area could potentially create thousands of jobs in onshore, offshore, infrastructure and support industries.

Wind Energy Areas

There are excellent opportunities for wind energy development off North Carolina’s coast, however, energy projects must be consistent with ongoing onshore and offshore activities. The importance of maintaining natural viewsheds, protecting sensitive habitats and resources, and minimizing conflicts with marine activities, requires mitigation measures.

Thanks to North Carolina’s unique coastline, its waters are filled with a diverse and important mix of fish and other organisms at various stages of the life cycle, including a variety of endangered and threatened sea turtles, pelagic seabirds and marine mammals. The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality is working closely with the BOEM to bring offshore wind energy to the state in a responsible manner that supports coastal economies while protecting environmentally sensitive areas.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Oil and Gas Leasing Program