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Feds Set Meetings on Wind Energy Lease

Federal officials are seeking public input on proposed commercial leasing for wind power off the northeast North Carolina coast and have set two meetings to explain the process.

North Carolina's Kitty Hawk wind energy area is about 24 miles offshore and covers more than 122,000 acres. Map: BOEM

North Carolina’s Kitty Hawk wind energy area is about 24 miles offshore and covers more than 122,000 acres. Map: BOEM

A proposed sale notice and request for interest for companies that seek to bid in an auction for one lease for commercial wind energy development in the 122,405-acre offshore Kitty Hawk lease area was announced Aug. 12. A 60-day comment period began Aug. 16 and continues through Oct. 17.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will host a public auction seminar to describe the auction format and explain the auction rules 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 20 at the Julia Jones Daniel Center for Community Leadership, 711 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh.

BOEM will also host a public meeting 5 – 8 p.m. on Sept. 21 at Jennette’s Pier, 7223 South Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head.

The public may submit comments by one of two methods:

  • Electronically at http://www.regulations.gov. In the entry entitled, “Enter Keyword or ID,” enter BOEM-2016-0045, then click “search.” Follow the instructions to submit public comments.
  • Mail or deliver in an envelope labeled “Comments on North Carolina PSN & RFI” to: BOEM Office of Renewable Energy Programs, 45600 Woodland Road, VAM-OREP, Sterling, Va. 20166.

The Kitty Hawk wind energy area begins about 24 nautical miles from shore and extends about 25.7 nautical miles in a general southeast direction.

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