WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A new report says North Carolina is falling behind when it comes to offshore wind power.
Environment North Carolina Field Director Dave Rogers says Gov. Pat McCrory and other state leaders are to blame.
Rogers says our strong, consistent winds and relatively shallow sea levels make north carolina's coast ideal for offshore wind farms. Plus he says turbines could reduce the impact from hurricanes like arthur.
"They help take some of that energy out of hurricanes and turn it into electricity, which makes the hurricanes when they are actually hitting our coast slower and less damaging then they would otherwise be," Rogers said.
Rogers says state and federal leaders have designated more than 1.5 million acres off the Atlantic coast for offshore wind power that could produce more than 16,000 megawatts of virtually pollution-free electricity.