South Carolina plugs offshore
Legislators invite wind developers, manufacturers to develop industry
The South Carolina legislature has passed a bi-partisan resolution supporting wind development in the state “as part of a multi-source energy strategy.”
The senate and house agreed the state should encourage the development of offshore wind energy projects and a homegrown industry.
“South Carolina invites offshore wind energy developers and manufacturers to meet with South Carolina public officials to further South Carolina’s advancement in offshore wind energy,” said the resolution, introduced by Republican senator Greg Hembree.
The General Assembly encourages offshore wind energy developers and manufacturers to utilize the local work force and human resources of South Carolina to plan, site, construct and operate future projects.
According to the resolution, South Carolina’s offshore wind resource is the second largest of the east coast states.
The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is in the early stages of evaluating offshore wind development on the South Carolina outer continental shelf.
Some 33 wind energy manufacturing facilities currently operate in the state, employing more than 1,100 people and generating $530m of output annually.
Image: South Carolina legislators vote to encourage offshore wind energy development (SC State House)