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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

May 11, 2022 • North Carolina, South CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

U.S. offshore wind plans collide with fishing concerns off Carolina coast

The Biden administration’s plans to develop wind power off the East Coast are drawing concerns from the fishing industry, in the latest example of climate policy colliding with the livelihood of coastal businesses. The Interior Department is set Wednesday to begin an auction for the rights to develop a 110,000-acre site off the Carolinas. The site is nearly the size of eight Manhattan islands about 20 miles offshore and could generate more than 1.3 gigawatts of energy at full capacity . . . Complete story »

May 11, 2022 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Federal government to auction NC offshore wind energy area

An auction this week for a pair of wind-energy leases off of the Brunswick County coast could top $500 million, according to industry observers. On Wednesday, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will begin auctioning what it has been calling Wilmington East, a pair of lease areas spread across 172 square miles about 20 miles off of Bald Head Island. The federal agency has approved 16 bidders for the sites, including Avangrid, Duke Energy and Shell. The auction will be . . . Complete story »

May 6, 2022 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Bridge to clean energy: Leaders mull WNC’s energy future

Those “other resources” include two of the most discussed renewable energy sources — wind and solar. Duke’s forthcoming plan will feature “exponential growth” in these areas, Norton said. However, it’s doubtful that much of that generation will occur in Western North Carolina. Wind energy is likely to come mainly from coastal and offshore wind farms, because any productive wind turbine installed in the western part of the state would have to go on a ridgetop. From aesthetic viewshed issues to the logistical and environmental challenges that would go along with cutting roads to deliver gargantuan turbine components to remote ridges — a typical model weighs 164 tons — and digging holes in rocky ground sufficient to anchor them, there are many reasons why large-scale wind energy production is unlikely to happen in Western North Carolina. Complete story »

May 6, 2022 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Feds eye more major wind farms off NC coast

At least five offshore wind-energy projects are now on the horizon for North Carolina. Just ahead of a May 11 auction of lease rights for utility-scale wind farms on two Atlantic Ocean sites about 20 miles from Bald Head Island, federal officials say they now are targeting an additional pair of areas totaling 1.2 million acres off the North Carolina coast. While auctions will determine the next steps for those four sites, planning already is underway for what is being . . . Complete story »

May 4, 2022 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Timbermill Wind plans 45-turbine facility near Edenton

The Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comment on Timbermill Wind’s plans to fill in ditches and wetlands for a proposed 45-turbine 1,933-acre wind energy facility near Edenton. Much of the project area is in what was formerly known as Bear Swamp, which has been historically ditched and drained to convert forested wetlands to agricultural use. The Corps’ Wilmington District announced Monday that the company seeks authorization to temporarily impact 187.68 acres of wetlands, 0.15 acres of streams and . . . Complete story »

May 4, 2022 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Chowan extends Timbermill permit to March 31, 2023

EDENTON – The company developing the Timbermill Wind energy project in Chowan County will have a little less than another year to get the long-delayed project started. Chowan commissioners agreed last month to extend Apex Clean Energy’s conditional use permit for Timbermill Wind to March 31, 2023. The company’s current use permit was originally set to expire on May 15, 2021. The vote to grant the extension was 5-1, with Commissioner Larry McLaughlin casting the lone “no” vote. Apex was granted . . . Complete story »

May 3, 2022 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

More wind farms off the NC coast? Federal agency eyes two more areas off Outer Banks

The federal government wants to know the potential impact of offshore wind in two newly identified portions of the Atlantic Ocean off the Outer Banks. In a Federal Register notice published Friday, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is seeking information from wind energy developers and ocean users like fishermen that the agency hopes to use to winnow down six potential wind lease areas between Delaware and North Carolina. Those include a 691-square-mile area wrapping around the northeastern border . . . Complete story »

April 28, 2022 • North Carolina, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Comment period on wind energy lease sites to begin

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is looking to expand wind energy leasing areas in United States waters, including off the North Carolina Coast. The Department of the Interior announced Wednesday that it will publish Friday in the Federal Register two separate calls for information and nominations for possible leasing off the coast of Oregon and the Central Atlantic, which is offshore of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. “The Biden-Harris administration is committed to supporting a robust clean energy . . . Complete story »

April 19, 2022 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Fishing associations raise questions about offshore wind energy plans

Capt. Cain Faircloth knows when something is a little fishy. He’s been an angler all his life, following in the footsteps of five Faircloth generations before him who all captained fishing vessels in the Cape Fear region. But now charter boat captains and fishermen like Faircloth fear the inevitable influx of offshore wind energy could put them out of business. “Brunswick County is an amazing place and I just don’t want to see it ruined,” he said. “Tourism is booming, . . . Complete story »

April 12, 2022 • North Carolina, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Alternative energy possesses an unseemly side rarely seen

Not in My Back Yard. It’s a classic psychological and sociological phenomenon. A March 12 Letter to the Editor in The Pilot got me thinking of it while rotating my compost piles. The writer opines, “Sitting looking out to sea, I’m imagining the thrill of knowing that just beyond the horizon there are windmills capturing the power of the wind, and turbines turning to the power of the tides, sending that power to hundreds and hundreds of homes and businesses . . . Complete story »

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