Huge wind and ocean energy project planned for offshore North Carolina

While some are still building new climate-destroying coal plants in North Carolina, the Outer Banks Ocean Energy Corp. sees clean energy potential in the windy “First in flight” state. The Energy Daily (subs. req’d) reports:

Feeling the wind at its back following its recent formal chartering as a new company, the Outer Banks Ocean Energy Corp. announced plans Tuesday to develop a giant wind- and ocean-powered renewable energy project off North Carolina’s coast.

The Outer Banks Ocean Energy Corp. (OBOE) said it is in the early stages of developing the North Carolina Hybrid Energy Preserve, a predominantly wind-based project planned to generate between 200 and 600 megawatts of renewable energy in federal waters up to 25 miles offshore of the Tar Heel State.

But OBOE sees more opportunity for clean energy that never runs out than just offshore wind:


OBOE says it plans to eventually supplement the project’s wind turbines with underwater turbines and other technology to alternately harness steady Gulf Stream wave and current power.

In the meantime, the newly incorporated company says it is preparing to apply by early 2010 with the Energy Department’s Minerals Management Service to initially site the project as an offshore wind farm to be built on four federal lease blocks covering about 24,000 acres.

North Carolina ranks third among states (after Louisiana and Florida) that have the most area in jeopardy from a 5 foot sea level rise — and would lose the equivalent of a Delaware, including, of course, Kitty Hawk where “the Wright brothers made the first controlled powered airplane flights December 17, 1903.”

So perhaps wind and wave and current power might be better for the state.