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Counties deflate wind power 

Local opposition is knocking the wind out of efforts to promote renewable energy, but whether coastal ordinances that halt or tightly regulate electricity-generating windmills have them down for the count remains to be seen. The latest setback came in March, when Carteret County imposed a nine-month moratorium. In January, Currituck County started restricting where they can be built.

“We’re faced with something we know little about,” says Doug Harris, chairman of the Carteret County commissioners. “We’re looking at something that, from sea level to the tip of the blade, could be 470 to 490 feet tall. That’s taller than the Wachovia Building in Raleigh and certainly taller than our light-house at Cape Lookout.”

Carteret ordered the moratorium after Raleigh developers proposed building three large wind turbines east of Morehead City that could generate more than 4 megawatts of power, which they would sell to Raleigh-based Progress Energy. The Currituck ordinance requires utility-size windmills to be on at least 25 acres and 1-1/2 times their height from property lines.

Carteret commissioners want time to study windmills before a new state lawtriggers a building boom. It requires utilities to obtain 12.5% of their power from renewable sources and greater efficiency by 2020. “We’re just concerned about the fall zone and other public safety and health issues,” Harris says, adding that the moratorium is not “a vote against wind power as such.” Commissioners expect county planners to offer proposed guidelines by this winter.

What seems like clean, cheap power is causing division even among environmentalists. Steve Kalland, director of the North Carolina Solar Power Center at N.C. State University in Raleigh, says some contend windmills endanger birds and other wildlife and create visual and noise pollution. “Most recognize that wind energy is better overall for the environment than other options,” he says.

However, opposition grows when communities discover the size of wind turbines, says Daren Bakst, an analyst for the John Locke Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Raleigh. “You’re talking about structures as tall as 49- or 50-story buildings.” Last year, Ashe County banned large turbines, blocking a plan by a local farmer to build a mountaintop wind farm. Nearby Blowing Rock has banned all windmills.

Copyright Business-North Carolina May 2008

(c) 2008 Business, North Carolina. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.


19 May 2008

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