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    Duke Energy secures offshore wind lease for Carolina Long Bay


    May 13, 2022 - Pivotal Sources

     

      United States, May 12 -- Duke Energy Renewables Wind, LLC, a nonregulated subsidiary of Duke Energy, has been named a provisional winner of OCS-A 0546 lease area in the Carolina Long Bay offshore wind auction.The lease was one of two awarded as part of an Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf renewable energy auction held by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). The company will file its proposed carbon plan with the North Carolina Utilities Commission on May 16, which includes multiple scenarios for the Commission to consider as it finalizes its carbon plan by the end of 2022. Wind energy is one of a number of carbon-free technologies Duke Energy is evaluating to reduce carbon emissions on its system.Lease area OCS-A 0546, which is east of Wilmington, could support up to 1.6 gigawatts of potential offshore wind energy, enough to power nearly 375,000 homes.? Subject to regulatory approval, the company could begin site assessment and characterization activities in the OCS-A 0546 lease area in 2023, which would keep the company on target for a potential in-service project in the 2030-2032 time frame.Over the next year, the team will develop a Site Assessment Plan for BOEM's approval, which outlines a detailed proposal for studying the project area to better understand the wind energy resource and potential impacts. This is just the first of many stages in the approximately 10-year development process. Ultimately, construction could begin once BOEM approves a Construction and Operations Plan and all appropriate federal and state regulatory approvals are obtained. Published by HT Digital Content Services with permission from Pivotal Sources. For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.com

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