Wind Power News: North Carolina
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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 . . .
Months after calling for the Amazon Wind Farm US East to be shut down over its proximity to a military radar facility, state Sen. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort, is sponsoring legislation imposing new regulations on wind farms. Cook is one of three primary sponsors of Senate Bill 366, which sets new permitting, setback and decommissioning requirements for wind energy projects. The Amazon wind farm, now operational in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties, would not meet the bill’s requirements but is grandfathered in. . . .
Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, isn’t giving up on his fight against renewable energy development in North Carolina. Brown and Sens. Louis Pate, R-Wayne, and Norman Sanderson, R-Pamlico, filed a bill in the North Carolina General Assembly last week that would halt permits for new wind facilities while an independent study is done on the effects that building wind turbines could have on the state’s military operations. The bill, the Military Operations Protection Act of 2017, would ensure there are no . . .
RALEIGH – Sen. Norman Sanderson has pitched in to support a bill lawmakers say will protect North Carolina military installations from encroachment from windfarms by blocking permitting for the projects. Sen. Majority Leader Harry Brown, R-Onslow (Jones) announced the bill, The Military Operations Protection Act of 2017, in a Tuesday release, stating the measure seeks to protect installations in the eastern part of the state, ensure the jobs provided by bases and guarantee operations aren’t “compromised” by energy producing windfarms. “It . . .
After 17 rounds of bidding, Avangrid Renewables Inc. has submitted the winning amount of $9,066,650 to lease more than 122,000 acres of Atlantic Ocean waters off the coast of Kitty Hawk. Avangrid, operator of the Amazon Wind Farm in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties, submitted the winning bid in the auction held Thursday. Avangrid CEO James P. Torgerson said the company was excited about the opportunity to play a leading role in the growing U.S. offshore wind industry and its job-creation . . .