The federal government today (Wednesday) began auctioning off acreage in federal waters in the Carolina Long Bay, with at least 1.3GW of potential offshore wind capacity on the line in the first auction since the record-smashing New York Bight process.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the regulator of energy development in federal waters, opened bidding at 0900 US Eastern Daylight Time for two leases totalling 110,000 acres in the Wilmington East wind energy area (WEA) located 17 miles (27km) off the coast straddling the maritime boundary between North and South Carolina.