Under federal law, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is charged with leasing sites on the Outer Continental Shelf for fossil fuel or renewable energy development. To date, BOEM has held six competitive lease sales and has also awarded several leases on a non-competitive basis.
Up for auction on March 16 will be the rights to about 122,405 acres offshore Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Kitty Hawk Wind Energy Area was first identified by BOEM in 2014, and was the subject of a Proposed Sale Notice last year. As described in the Final Sale Notice for the Kitty Hawk offshore wind auction, the lease area is located about 24 nautical miles offshore.
The Final Sale Notice for the Kitty Hawk lease area also identifies nine companies that BOEM has deemed legally, technically and financially qualified to participate in the upcoming lease sale:
- Avangrid Renewables, LLC
- Enbridge Holdings (Green Energy) LLC
- Shell WindEnergy Inc.
- Northland Power America Inc.
- Wind Future LLC
- Outer Banks Ocean Energy, LLC
- PNE Wind USA, Inc.
- Statoil Wind US LLC
- wpd offshore Alpha LLC