This just in from the good folks the the North Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club :
For Immediate Release
North Carolina Moves One Step Closer to Offshore Wind Development
WILMINGTON – Earlier today, the US Department of the Interior announced  that it has defined three Wind Energy Areas off the coast of North Carolina which total 307,590 acres. The possibility of offshore wind development for the state intensified after a study by UNC Chapel Hill researchers  found that potential wind resources off our coast were the largest on the Atlantic seaboard. A report by Governor Perdue’s Scientific Advisory Panel on Offshore Energy came to a similar conclusion in 2011.
After the announcement, Zak Keith, lead organizer for the NC Sierra Club issued the following statement:
We have known for years that North Carolina has the best offshore wind resource potential of any state on the East Coast. This announcement is a welcome sign that our state can start to take advantage of the clean energy opportunity sitting on our doorstep.
We are one step closer to creating clean energy jobs in North Carolina. It’s becoming clear that offshore wind is a better option than drilling off our coast.