Wind Power News: North Carolina
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.
It is hard to imagine what eastern North Carolina would look like without our military bases. The impact they have had on our state’s culture and economy cannot be overstated – particularly in the district I represent which is home to Camp Lejeune, the largest Marine base on the east coast. North Carolina is home to six major Department of Defense (DOD) installations, having the third largest military population in the entire nation. The military sector is the state’s second . . .
The N.C. Senate’s proposed state budget includes a moratorium on state approval of any new wind energy projects that is expected to meet stiff opposition in the state House. Released Tuesday, the Senate’s proposed $22.9 billion budget would define state spending for the coming year while advancing various policy priorities. Among those priorities is a halt on the state’s wind industry for three years to allow for what the Senate describes as “ample time” for the General Assembly to study . . .
The controversy over the possible impact of wind energy turbines on military base operations has not blown over, even though none of the relevant bills met the April 27 legislative crossover deadline. Concerns exist that the towering wind turbines could disrupt radar operations and interfere with training and flight paths at the state’s air bases. “Just because a bill doesn’t make crossover doesn’t mean it’s dead,” state Rep. Chris Millis, R-Pender, said Monday. Crossover refers to the date most bills . . .
Efforts to protect the state’s military installations from the encroachment of gargantuan wind turbines have won the first “little battle,” but the need to win the war remains, House Majority Leader John Bell said Friday. Bell, a member of the Homeland Security and Military and Veterans Affairs committees, make his comments during the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce’s legislative breakfast. Held at Lane Tree Golf Club, and sponsored by the News-Argus, the other members of the local legislative delegation agreed . . .
RALEIGH – A House committee gave a tentative nod to new changes in proposed wind energy legislation, while both chambers worked through dozens of bills in an attempt to beat an end-of-week deadline. Crossover week in the North Carolina General Assembly is generally a marathon followed by a sprint. Any non-appropriations bill that hasn’t been passed by one chamber – and thus crossed over to the other side – can’t be taken up again. Still, legislative language has been known to resurface, . . .
RALEIGH – Efforts to find a compromise between the wind-energy industry and the safety of military aircraft flying near the industry’s turbine towers advanced in a bill approved by a House committee on Wednesday. Viewed as a work in progress, a new version of House Bill 574 introduced in the House Energy and Public Utilities Committee was praised as a step in the right direction, but drew criticism from environmental regulators, military-related groups and legislators. The bill advanced on a split . . .
The issue of windmill farms and potential effects on air training around military bases such as Cherry Point remains up in the air in the General Assembly, with several proposals from various lawmakers. One recent House bill that would have banned wind farms within a 30-mile radius of military installations didn’t make it out of committee, although the bill could be re-introduced. A Senate bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Norman Sanderson, R-Pamlico, calls for a two-year moratorium on wind farm permits . . .
As one wind-regulating measure failed in a North Carolina House committee, another bill has been filed to take its place. The latest measure, called “ An Act to Better Ensure Compatibility of Wind Energy Facilities With Military Operations and Readiness,” has similarities to two other bills filed over the past several weeks, specifically, in how it purports to address concern over wind farms’ potential impact to military facilities. Rep. John Szoka (R-Cumberland) says Wednesday’s measure was filed after another bill, . . .
A proposal that would severely curtail wind farm development in North Carolina failed to pass a House committee Wednesday after retired military officials condemned it as regulatory overkill that would eliminate a valuable source of income for local landowners. Among those opposing the bill was timber grower Weyerhaeuser Corp., the largest landowner in the state that stands to reap at least $40 million over three decades for hosting 74 turbines planned by Apex Clean Energy in two counties. But the . . .
KITTY HAWK – With a bid of $9 million dollars for the lease to develop the Kitty Hawk Wind Energy Area, or WEA, Avangrid, a subsidiary of the Spanish company Iberdrola SA, has secured the rights to develop one of the largest areas on the East Coast. With a theoretical potential of 2,000 megawatts, the Kitty Hawk WEA could generate enough energy to power a million homes. Avangrid, which declined an opportunity to comment for this report, already has a toehold . . .