Proposed Sale Notice and Request for Interest for 122,405 Acres Offshore North Carolina

On August 12, 2016, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and BOEM Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced a Proposed Sale Notice (PSN) and Request for Interest (RFI) for 122,405 acres offshore North Carolina.

The PSN and RFI requests the following: (1) any prospective bidders already qualified for commercial wind energy development offshore North Carolina affirm their continued interest; (2) any prospective bidders that have not been qualified by BOEM submit the required qualification materials; and (3) public comments on BOEM's proposal to auction a lease area offshore North Carolina for potential commercial wind energy development.

The comment period closes on October 17, 2016. Comments received or postmarked by then will be made available to the public and considered before the publication of the Final Sale Notice, which will announce the time and date of the lease sale.

On September 20, 2016, BOEM will host a public auction seminar to describe the auction format, explain the auction rules, and demonstrate the auction process through meaningful examples at the following location.

BOEM Public Auction Seminar
September 20, 2016, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Julia Jones Daniel Center for Community Leadership
711 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27603

On September 21, 2016, BOEM will host a public information meeting to provide an overview of recent leasing and planning efforts for North Carolina, an introduction of the PSN and RFI, as well as an overview of BOEM's environmental review process.

BOEM Public Information Meeting
September 21, 2016, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Jennette's Pier
7223 South Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head, North Carolina 27959

Auxiliary aids and services will be provided upon request. Please email your request to me by September 9, 2016. For more information about offshore wind planning efforts for North Carolina go to www.boem.gov/North-Carolina/.

Tracey Blythe Moriarty
Office of Public Affairs (Renewable Energy)
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
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