The Energy Office, a department of the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff, successfully held a virtual workshop to update stakeholders about the latest wind energy developments in South Carolina.
The three-hour workshop on August 18, 2021 focused on the status of wind energy nationally and regionally, as well as economic development and supply chain opportunities associated with wind energy. Panelists also shared information on past wind-energy activities and related projects in the state.
Wind stakeholders such as Coastal Carolina University, Southeastern Wind Energy Coalition, Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, LLP, SC Council on Competitiveness, Trident Technical College, and the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control collaborated to plan the workshop.
In the past, the Energy Office has been instrumental in bringing together key stakeholders to explore the feasibility of wind energy in South Carolina. The Energy Office has organized or staffed several committees focused on exploring the development of wind power in the state including the SC Wind Farm Feasibility Study Committee, the Regulatory Task Force for Coastal Clean Energy, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Offshore Renewable Energy Task Force. In addition, the office has been engaged in numerous statewide research initiatives that have resulted in scientific, regulatory, or economic studies regarding wind energy over the past 15 years.
“With so many developments in wind energy, we’re excited to bring everyone back together and provide a platform to share information,” said Sara Bazemore, Director of the Energy Office. “We’re always looking for ways that we can help facilitate the collaboration necessary to explore and enhance opportunities for our state.”
Wind energy-related opportunities currently exist for economic development and growth in South Carolina, such as through supply chain, manufacturing, and research.
The workshop had over 130 participants. A recording of the workshop is available for those that were not able to attend.
More information on wind energy in South Carolina can be found on the US Department of Energy’s WINDExchange website.