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USA - Regional Offshore Wind Agreement Will Lead to More Smart Power for the South Atlantic

A new interstate regional collaboration in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic may lead to more offshore wind energy development.

On October 29, 2020, North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland entered into the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Regional Transformative Partnership for Offshore Wind Energy Resources (SMART-POWER), to collaboratively advance the regional offshore wind industry. The partnership, outlined in this memorandum of understanding between the states’ governors, seeks to “cooperatively promote, develop, and expand offshore wind energy generation and the accompanying industry supply chain and workforce” among the three states. Democratic Virginia and North Carolina’s governors, Ralph Northam and Roy Cooper, respectively along with Maryland’s Republican governor, Larry Hogan are the signatories on the inter-state partnership, signaling bi-partisan support for offshore wind energy. Additionally, the SMART-POWER agreement states other Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states are welcome to join the partnership, and we hope they do.

Working collaboratively is a positive step toward realizing the vast potential our country, and particularly the Southeast has for clean, renewable energy offered by offshore wind.

The Southeast has some of the strongest offshore wind potential in the nation, and all of the Southeastern coastal states hold the technical potential to generate much more than 100% of the electricity that each state uses. This offshore wind energy would be emissions-free and require no water consumption like fossil fuel power plants do. What’s more, offshore wind energy development can create a lot of jobs.

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