ONLINE UPDATE: BOEM hosts public information session, wind energy

by Daniel Bowden
Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held its first public information session regarding offshore wind energy development in the Wilmington area on Jan. 9 in the Emerald Room of the Courtyard Marriot Wilmington.

The meeting was held to provide information to and gather input from the public as part of the recent Call for Information and Nominations issued by the BOEM to gauge commercial interest in three sites for offshore wind energy development.

Representatives from several local environmental groups, as well as members of the community, spoke out in support of moving forward with wind energy. David Rogers, field director for Environment North Carolina, delivered a stack of 2,000 public comments he had collected in favor of the BOEM's plan.

The BOEM will be hosting a visualization workshop on Jan. 10 in the Azalea Room of the Hilton Wilmington Riverside between 6 and 9 p.m. This workshop will provide simulations of what wind farms built in the proposed leasing areas would look like from the beach.

More information regarding the Call for Interest and Nominations and wind energy in North Carolina can be found at: http://bit.ly/U7ZA7r

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