Wind farms just a few miles off the coast of North Carolina could be a reality within the decade. After tax incentives for these projects were renewed in the recent “fiscal cliff” deal, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management came to Wilmington to hear what area residents and stakeholders think. That’s because two of three projects planned for North Carolina coastal waters are in the Cape Fear region.
A coalition of environmental groups, small businesses, and elected officials in the state say offshore wind energy is a portal to good jobs, renewable, clean energy. And it's dramatically under-planned and underfunded in North Carolina.