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Offshore wind forum in Raleigh next week

[1]Add this upcoming (April 18) Sierra Club event to your calendars if you can:

Offshore Wind Forum Spotlights NC’s Potential

RALEIGH, NC – Marcilynn Burke, Acting Assistant Secretary at the Department of the Interior, will be in Raleigh next Wednesday to talk about North Carolina’s offshore wind resource.  Ms. Burke oversees the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which has jurisdiction over offshore wind leases.   The first lease blocks in federal waters off North Carolina’s coast may become available this year.

With the best offshore wind resources on the East coast, it’s no surprise that the issue is drawing attention in North Carolina.  Award winning photographer and videographer Art Howard will also sit on the forum’s panel.  Mr. Howard will be previewing video from PBS’s upcoming premiere of the final segments of Earth: The Operator’s Manual, to be aired on Earth Day, April 22.

Not only does North Carolina have the offshore wind resource, but the state continues to draw related business interest.  Just last month, Ming Yang Wind Power announced that it will be opening a research and development facility in Raleigh.  With companies like ABB and PPG already manufacturing parts to support the land-based wind farms, North Carolina is well-positioned to support a substantial, emerging offshore wind industry.

The forum is being presented by the NC Sierra Club, Meredith College, and Interfaith Power & Light.  Details and a full list of panelists are below:

What:  First in Flight, First in Wind: A Community Forum on Offshore Wind in NC

When: Wednesday, April 18, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Meredith College, 3800 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27607 -in Kresge Auditorium, in the Cate Center

Panelists: Marcilynn Burke, Acting Assistant Secretary at the Department of the Interior
Deborah Ross, NC House of Representatives, District 38
Art Howard, Award Winning Photographer and Videographer
John Williams, Assistant Secretary for Energy, NC Department of Commerce
Brian O’Hara, President of the North Carolina Offshore Wind Coalition
Dr. John Bane, Distinguished Professor of Marine Sciences at UNC Chapel Hill