On May 11, 2022, BOEM held an offshore wind auction for two lease areas in the Carolina Long Bay. The lease sale drew competitive winning bids from two companies totaling approximately $315 million. To see the results of the auction, go to: https://www.boem.gov/renewable-energy/state-activities/carolina-long-bay.
Related Press Releases
- Biden-Harris Administration Announces Winners of Carolina Long Bay Offshore Wind Energy Auction (May 11, 2022)
- Biden-Harris Administration Announces First Wind Energy Lease Sale Offshore the Carolinas (March 25, 2022)
- Interior Department Takes Action to Advance Offshore Wind in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico (October 28, 2021)
- BOEM to Supplement Environmental Review of Wind Leasing Options Offshore the Carolinas (August 13, 2021)
- Interior Department Launches Leasing Process for Commercial Wind Energy Offshore South Carolina (November 23, 2015)
The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act requires BOEM to award renewable energy leases competitively, unless BOEM determines there is no competitive interest. So, on November 23, 2015, BOEM published a Call for Information and Nominations (Call) in the Federal Register for a 60-day public comment period to gauge the offshore wind industry's interest in acquiring commercial wind leases in four areas offshore South Carolina and to request comments regarding site conditions, resources and other uses within the Call areas. The comment period ended on January 25, 2016. Materials related to the Call are below.
- The South Carolina Call for Information and Nominations (November 23, 2015)
- Map of the South Carolina Call Areas
In addition to the Call, BOEM published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to Prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) in the Federal Register on Nov. 23, 2015 (under Docket ID: BOEM-2015-0125). Through the NOI, BOEM sought public comment for determining issues and alternatives to be analyzed in the EA. The EA will consider potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts associated with issuing commercial wind leases and approving site assessment activities on the lease areas. The NOI included a 60-day public comment period, which closed on January 25, 2016.
On August 13, 2021, BOEM announced that it would prepare a supplemental Environmental Assessment to consider additional wind leasing options offshore North Carolina and South Carolina. Specifically, BOEM is considering a lease sale for the Wilmington East Wind Energy Area located offshore North and South Carolina. The announcement initiated a 30-day public comment period that ended on September 12, 2021.
To meet the needs of the offshore renewable energy and marine planning communities, BOEM has worked with the Task Force to develop a map through MarineCadastre.gov, a joint online mapping project of BOEM and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that includes many of the data layers used in the planning process.
BOEM has funded or considered numerous studies to collect information about the marine environment to support decisions concerning offshore renewable energy development. For more information, please visit http://www.boem.gov/South-Carolina-Environmental-Studies/.
On July 21, 2021, BOEM held a Regional Carolina Long Bay Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force meeting.
BOEM has initiated planning efforts, primarily through the South Carolina Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force, which is made up of representatives from federal, state, local, and tribal governments, to determine whether there is potential for wind energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) offshore South Carolina.
To obtain information discussed during the Task Force meetings and public scoping meetings, click on the links below.