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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

August 12, 2018 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

SACEE votes on 100 percent green electricity goal for Asheville

Asheville’s greenhouse gas emissions weigh heavily upon the city – to the tune of approximately 19,000 tons. According to the city’s Office of Sustainability, Asheville’s municipal operations released that amount of carbon dioxide and equivalent gases during the course of fiscal year 2017. The plurality of those emissions (48.1 percent, or roughly 9,100 tons) came from burning fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas, to create electricity. That number could drop to zero by the end of the next decade, . . . Complete story »

July 19, 2018 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Navy study says no more wind turbines at Amazon site

A new study from the U.S. Navy says expanding the Amazon Wind Farm site near Elizabeth City, as the operator planned to do, may cause interference with the Navy’s radar-tracking facility in southern Virginia. The Navy released the executive summary of its study July 9. It concluded the interference produced by the existing 104 Amazon Wind Farm turbines is allowable based on a 2014 agreement between the Navy and the wind farm operator Avangrid Renewables. But Avangrid’s to plan to . . . Complete story »

July 14, 2018 • North Carolina, South CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Duke Energy Carolinas withdraws proposal to purchase wind power

Duke Energy Carolinas has quietly abandoned plans for purchasing up to 500 megawatts worth of wind power capacity for the Carolinas by 2022 after finding the initial bids from producers “not economically attractive.” Eleven months ago, Duke issued a request for proposals on wind power, expected to come from outside of North Carolina. It proposed offering power-purchase agreements of up to 20 years to buy wind power from projects, likely in the Midwest, that could be brought into the state. . . . Complete story »

July 13, 2018 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Study: No more turbines at wind farm

No more wind turbines should be added to the Amazon Wind Farm US East that straddles Pasquotank and Perquimans counties, a new military study recommends. Going beyond the wind farm’s current 104 turbines “is not compatible with the relocatable over-the-horizon radar system” at the Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads-Northwest Annex in Chesapeake, Virginia, according to the study completed last month by a military siting clearinghouse, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory, and others. A Navy spokeswoman provided The Daily . . . Complete story »

July 11, 2018 • Blogs, North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

In North Carolina, it’s still ‘wait and see’ for wind farm ban’s expiration

Clean energy advocates breathed a sigh of relief late last month when the North Carolina legislature adjourned without extending a ban on new wind farms set to expire Jan. 1. It’s unclear, though, whether a powerful lawmaker will yet seize on a new state study to try to cement the wind moratorium – in part because the analysis isn’t public, and just one civilian has been authorized to see its results. Sen. Majority Leader Harry Brown, who last year pushed for . . . Complete story »

July 10, 2018 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Amazon Wind Farm in North Carolina can’t expand at all to protect Naval radar nearby, study shows

A study shows that 104 wind turbines on 22,000 acres of North Carolina farmland do not interfere with a crucial radar system located in Chesapeake. But developer Avangrid Renewables should not expand the Amazon Wind Farm to 150 turbines as originally planned, the study said. The towers are part of Amazon’s goal to produce more renewable energy. The Navy’s Relocatable Over-the-Horizon Radar, called ROTHR, located at Naval Support Activity Northwest Annex in southern Chesapeake, monitors more than 10 million square . . . Complete story »

July 2, 2018 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Firm seeking wind permits in Chowan may be for sale

EDENTON – The Virginia-based wind energy company seeking permits to build a 40-turbine wind farm in Chowan County could potentially be sold to another company, a wind industry publication reported recently. Dahvi Wilson, senior director of public affairs for Apex Clean Energy, told Windpower Monthly in April that Apex is currently undergoing a “strategic review,” and an “M&A transaction is one of the potential outcomes of that review.” An “M&A transaction” would be a merger or acquisition. Apex currently owns more . . . Complete story »

July 2, 2018 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm featured in Sierra Club film

The gi­ant wind farm that strad­dles Pasquotank and Perquimans coun­ties, and two of the farm­ers who ben­e­fit from it are fea­tured in a new film pro­duced by an Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia–based group that bills it­self as the na­tion’s largest and most-in­flu­en­tial en­vi­ron­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion. Amazon Wind Farm US East and the farmers – Steve Harris and Horace Pritchard – are featured in “Reinventing Power,” a new film produced by the Sierra Club to tout the transformative power of renewable energy. The Sierra Club hosted . . . Complete story »

May 26, 2018 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Chowan OKs change to Timbermill wind farm permit

EDENTON – Chowan commissioners approved amendments this week to the permit for the proposed Timbermill wind farm project. Commissioners signed off on Timbermill’s plans for a new collection substation, an interconnection substation and a transmission line connecting the two facilities. Henry C. Campen Jr., an attorney with Parker Poe, the firm representing the project’s developers, explained during an evidentiary hearing why amending Timbermill’s conditional use permit did not substantially change the company’s project. He also said no evidence had been presented . . . Complete story »

May 12, 2018 • North Carolina, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Wind power blows into the US Southeast

On days like this – cloudless blue skies above, winds whipping across empty fields – running a modern wind farm seems almost easy. It’s Friday afternoon, and the half-dozen wind technicians sitting around the control room at Avangrid’s 208MW Amazon Wind Farm North Carolina are more concerned with their weekend plans – beer and basketball figure prominently – than their role in the energy transition. The wind farm is just a year old, yet already feels such a fixture of the landscape and local . . . Complete story »

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