- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - It could be years before offshore wind turbines are built off South Carolina, if they are built at all.

Officials of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management tell local media outlets that if no investors come forward to lease tracts off the coast, the concept will not move forward.

The agency is holding public meetings along the coast this week to determine industry interest in putting up turbines. The bureau has identified almost 1,200 nautical square miles of ocean with the potential to be leased and is taking comment through Jan. 25.

Neither SCE&G; nor Duke Energy plan to pursue offshore leases just now.

Santee Cooper also will not be leasing tracts but says it is considering buying power from other companies that might develop wind energy.


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