Wind turbines can be seen off of the coast of Zingst, Germany in the Baltic Sea. (Getty Images)
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - There's a lot of potential to develop wind power along the Southeast coast but the industry faces challenges including a regulatory environment that does not offer much incentive to develop the power source.
Those were the comments of speakers Wednesday as the two-day Southeastern Coastal Wind Conference got underway in North Charleston.
Speakers said data is sparse about the conditions offshore for putting in wind turbines and what threats tropical storms and hurricanes would pose to the systems.
Attorney Perrin Dargin said the regulatory structure in the Carolinas and Virginia, unlike some other parts of the nation, is one in which power companies control generation, distribution and the sale of power.
He says that provides little incentive for third parties to plan and build offshore turbines.