in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

A wind farm off South Carolina's coast could generate thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in wages and state and local government revenues, finds a new Clemson University study.

The report, prepared for the South Carolina Energy Office, shows that a 1 GW offshore wind farm constructed between 2016 and 2025 would create an average of more than 3,800 jobs per year throughout the 10-year construction period.

It also would generate nearly $2 billion in wages and nearly $620 million in combined state and local government revenue, the study says.

Although South Carolina currently has no utility-scale offshore wind energy generation capacity, the state already plays an important role in the nation’s wind energy supply chain, notes Ashlie Lancaster, director of South Carolina Energy Office.

Development of an offshore wind industry would only bolster the state’s position nationally and internationally, she adds.

“Not only would an offshore wind industry help diversify South Carolina’s energy sources; it also would have the potential to generate thousands of long-term jobs and create a sustainable industry that could become the envy of the nation,” Lancaster says.

According to Clemson, approximately 1,100 people in South Carolina work in areas that involve wind energy.

The state continues to look to industry and research collaborations to fill the needs of the marketplace and keep the state competitive.

“[The state Department of] Commerce supports ongoing research and development that will help further our state’s portfolio of alternative and sustainable energy, including wind,” says South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “These industries can help fill the pipeline with high-skilled, high-paying jobs.”



Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Report Disputes U.S. Agency's Renewable Energy Projections

A new analysis from the Sun Day Campaign says renewables are slated to provide 16% of U.S. generating capacity by 2018 - over 20 years earlier than forecast by the Energy Information Administration.


Kansas Renewables Mandate Survives Yet Another Attack, But Is It Too Early To Celebrate?

Over the past three years, some legislators have tried to either weaken or repeal the state's renewable portfolio standard, which requires Kansas utilities to reach 20% renewables by 2020.


AWEA Highlights U.S. Wind Success Stories Of 2013

Despite a 92% drop in new capacity last year, the sector still has myriad reasons to celebrate, according to a new report from the American Wind Energy Association.


Feds List New Bird Species As Threatened - Should Wind Developers Be Worried?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is designating the lesser prairie-chicken as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. An expert explains how this might affect the wind industry.


Senate Committee Passes Bill With Two-Year PTC Extension

The Senate Finance Committee has voted on a tax extenders package, which includes both the production tax credit (PTC) and investment tax credit, and sent it to the floor.

WomenofWind_id
Acciona_id1907
JLG_id1900
UEA_id1896
bonfiglioli_id1913
AWEA_id1886