Tracts Identified for Wind Energy Leasing Off SC Coast

LITCHFIELD BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Regulators have identified almost 1,200 nautical square miles off the South Carolina coast that have the potential to be leased for the development of wind energy.

Officials with the federal Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management said Wednesday they plan to publish the maps in the Federal Register and seek public comment on the proposal. They made the comments during a meeting of the South Carolina Renewable Energy Task Force.

The largest potential tract is off Myrtle Beach while the others are off Charleston, Winyah Bay, and Cape Romain.

It’s the first time tracts for potential wind development have been identified off the coast. But it’s expected to be years before any turbines might go up, as environmental and other studies are needed before leases could be awarded.

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