The federal government plans to auction off wind power rights to two coastal areas in North Carolina and South Carolina.
MYRTLE BEACH, SC – The federal government plans to auction off the rights to wind power to two coastal areas of North Carolina and South Carolina.
The leases are part of President Joe Biden’s goal of increasing clean energy production and providing more independent energy sources to the United States and reducing electricity bills for consumers, the U.S. Department of the Interior said in a news release Friday.
The sites put up for auction on May 11 are about 110,000 acres (44,500 hectares) 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and about 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of Baldhead Island, North Carolina.
16 bidders have been found eligible and they can buy either one or both sites, officials said.
When fully developed, the sites could generate 1.3 gigawatts of power, or enough to power about 500,000 homes.
The agency has already leased wind power sites off the coast of New York and plans to add sites in California and Oregon, the Gulf of Maine, the Gulf of Mexico and the Central Atlantic Ocean, the statement said.
Biden’s goal is to develop enough offshore wind power to produce 30 gigawatts of energy by 2030.
The administration “is committed to supporting a strong clean energy economy, and the upcoming Carolina Long Bay Offshore Wind Energy Auction offers another excellent opportunity to strengthen the clean energy industry and create well-paying union jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dave Holland in a statement.