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
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