Kitty Hawk Offshore is an offshore wind project proposed more than 27 miles from the Outer Banks.
The site was defined through careful planning and review by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the project developer, Avangrid Renewables including environmental studies and public engagement processes.
The Wind Energy Area (WEA) is 200 square miles and was selected to minimize impacts to other users of the ocean (such as the military, commercial and recreational fishing, and shipping industries) as well as to minimize impacts to the marine environment and coastal communities. BOEM conducted an Environmental Assessment of the WEA and issued a "Finding of No Significant Impact," concluding that the environmental effects associated with offshore wind development and operation would not significantly impact the environment. Additionally, the project will provide considerable economic benefits to the region during construction and throughout the project's lifetime. More information on the lease can be found on BOEM's website here.
Avangrid Renewables began the process of studying the WEA in detail after acquiring the lease in 2017. Initial indications are that the WEA has the potential to yield around 2,500 megawatts (MW), enough energy to power approximately 700,000 homes. The design, construction, and operation of the offshore wind project will be refined over the coming months and years.