NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A small wind turbine powers a small portion of the pavilion along Ocean Boulevard, and was put in place to collect data and show whether or not wind energy in North Myrtle Beach would be cost effective. Now the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, out of Washington D.C., has come to town to bring wind energy to the forefront.
"So you could think of us as the landlords of the intercontinental shelf for the federal government. We cover federal waters from three nautical miles out to the exclusive economic zone at 200 nautical miles," said Brian Krevor with BOEM.
With the east coast being one of the last untapped sources of offshore energy in America, ways to harness that power have been proposed all across the state.
"Offshore wind is a great choice because there's a lot of space offshore where you can put a commercial size wind energy facility and the wind blows a lot stronger off shore than it does onshore." said Krevor.
A spokesman with the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce says the town is overwhelmingly supportive of wind energy, and the new venture could potentially lead to hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars of revenue down the road.