Tuesday, October 20, 2015

October Monthly Mingle

A Conversation About Offshore Wind in North Carolina: What Might It Mean For Our Coastal Resources and Economies?

Since 2009 with the results of the UNC System’s coastal wind feasibility study, which was commissioned by the General Assembly, North Carolina has contemplated the development of its wind energy resources and how to do it in a way that is compatible with our coastal economies and resources. This has lead to a flurry of both excitement for renewable energy and concerns over how it might impact an economy that relies greatly on tourism.

Given that North Carolina’s coastal resources and economies are inextricably linked, coastal residents are facing a dilemma. Since 2011, the State of North Carolina and the federal government have been working together to identify potential wind energy areas that are compatible with our coastal management and economic interests, as well as with our military interests. In 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced three potential wind energy areas off North Carolina, one being located off Kitty Hawk. 

In early 2015, BOEM held a series of public meetings to jump start the discussion on potential for wind energy lease areas in federal waters off North Carolina. These meetings encouraged coastal residents (1) to consider how North Carolina can become a partner in the development of domestic, clean energy; but (2) to also consider the potential changes offshore wind may have on wildlife and our scenic view sheds, which are the bread and butter of the economies of many of our beach towns.

Lisa Schiavinato, who is the co-director of the NC Coastal Resources Law, Planning, and Policy Center and law and policy specialist for NC Sea Grant, will host discussion on what offshore wind development may mean for North Carolina and share how the experiences of other coastal states have shaped energy discussion in the United States.

Join us on Wednesday, 10/21 for a lively discussion and learning experience.  Please RSVP by sending an email to obxgreendrinks@gmail.com so we know how many people will be joining us.  

When:     Wednesday, October 21, 2015
                  7:00 pm - network, order food, sip beverages, etc.
                  7:30 pm - "A Conversation about Offshore Wind in NC:
                                     What Might It Mean for Our Coastal
                                      Resources and Economies?"
                                 Lisa Schiavinato, Law and Policy Specialist, 
                                      NC Sea Grant

Where:   Waverider's Coffee and Deli on the bypass
                 3022 S. Croatan Highway, Nags Head
                 MP 11 1/4, Pirate's Quay Shopping Center

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