SC Offshore Wind Collaborative

Why Offshore Wind Power?

At a time when global economies are strained by recession, growing competition for existing fossil fuel resources are leading to fluctuating energy prices and concerns over national security. Global energy demand is projected to grow as much as 50% by 2030.
Nearly 78% of the nation’s electrical demand is consumed by the 28 coastal states most …

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Wind Programs

Palmetto Wind
Palmetto Wind is South Carolina’s pioneering offshore wind farm initiative off the coast of Georgetown. The collaborative project by Clemson University’s Restoration Institute, Santee Cooper, Coastal Carolina University and the South Carolina Energy Office is studying the possibilities of generating wind energy off the coast. The Palmetto Wind project is currently gathering and analyzing …

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Wind Development

According to the US DOE South Carolina possesses excellent offshore wind resources close to its growing coastal demand centers in shallow waters near outstanding port facilities like Charleston and Georgetown. As the offshore wind market emerges along the East Coast of the United States and land-based turbines continue to grow in size, South Carolina is …

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Wind Resources


US Windmap
(Provided by AWS Truewind)
This resource map shows wind speed estimates at 50 meters. (PDF, 2.6MB)
For more information regarding this map, please visit Wind Powering America.

SC Wind map
(Provided by AWS Truewind)
This resource map shows wind speed estimates at 50 meters above the ground and depicts the resource that could be used for …

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Clemson University
Clemson University Restoration Institute
Coastal Carolina University
Coastal Carolina University – Center for Marine & Wetland Studies
Federal Aviation Administration
Mineral Management Service
National Marine Fisheries Service – NOAA
North Carolina State University
Research Planning, Inc.
Santee Cooper
Savannah River National Lab
SC Coastal Conservation League
SC Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR)
SC DHEC – Bureau of Water
SC DHEC – Office of Coastal Resource Management (OCRM)
SC …

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