“There are a lot of areas off the coast that would not be permissible (for wind turbines) because they are training mission routes,” said Bill Bethea, chairman of the S.C. Military Base Task Force. “It’s not telling you what you can and can’t do. It tells you how to go about it.”
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Two companies have been tasked by the federal government with conducting ultra-high resolution aerial digital surveys of wildlife off the coast of North and South Carolina of sites for proposed offshore wind farms. The survey by APEM, based in Manchester, England, and Normandeau Associates Inc., which has an office in Stanley, N.C., will provide baseline data to help with siting and permitting future developments.
Developers have until Jan. 25 to express an interest in any part or all of four huge areas at least 6 miles out. If not, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will suspend its effort to lease the waters, said Brain Krevor, BOEM environmental protection specialist. So far, none has.
Developing wind energy offshore South Carolina’s coast will be a long and complicated project that could take as long as a decade, but if no private investors come forward to pay for the effort the entire process would be dead in the water.
The U.S. Interior Department announced Monday it will include North Myrtle Beach in new reviews to determine whether wind energy should be developed in federal waters along South Carolina’s coast.