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Submitted by WWAY on Wed, 10/05/2011 - 9:52am.

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Is energy and money blowing in the wind along our coast? That's the topic of discussion at an offshore wind forum tonight at UNCW. The NC Chapter of the Sierra Club, Oceana and UNCW are hosting the forum. They say studies from UNC-Chapel Hill and National Energy Resources Laboratory have shown that North Carolina has the best offshore wind resources on the East coast. They also say the Scientific Advisory Panel on Offshore Energy, created by Gov. Bev Perdue in 2009, recently found that wind turbines would likely be the least intrusive option for energy production off the NC coast. The panel also noted that offshore wind could go a long way in meeting the state's energy needs. Tonight's forum will bring together elected officials, academic experts, business leaders and community members to discuss the potential for offshore wind in the state. Panelists include: State Treasurer Janet Cowell; Brian O'Hara, President of the North Carolina Offshore Wind Coalition; Dr. Pete Peterson, Professor of Marina Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill; Rob Propes, Development Manager for APEX Wind Energy; Larry Shirley, Director of the Green Economy for the NC Department of Commerce. The forum is from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Warwick Center on campus.

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