Offshore Energy

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, our waters boast a diverse array of fish and other marine life, including endangered and threatened sea turtles, pelagic seabirds and marine mammals. The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality works with the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to evaluate offshore wind energy opportunities in a responsible manner that supports coastal economies while protecting environmentally sensitive areas.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management