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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.

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 »

April 15, 2018 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Green energy flashpoint at Camden candidates forum

CAMDEN – The increasing footprint of wind and solar energy projects in Northeastern North Carolina became a policy flashpoint at a candidates’ forum in Camden Saturday. While no one objected to renewable energy projects outright, Republican state Senate candidate Clark Twiddy and GOP state House candidate Candice Hunter both said they oppose subsidies for renewable energy. State Rep. Bob Steinburg, R-Chowan, who faces Twiddy in the May 8 GOP primary in the 1st Senate District, defended renewable energy as part of . . . Complete story »

April 9, 2018 • Editorials, North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Editorial: Degrading national security

The Amazon Wind project is raising national security concerns again. We say “again” because along with John Droz, a Morehead City resident, physicist and environmental advocate, we predicted this in August 2015. Noting that the state’s only large scale wind project – 104 turbines 500 feet high on 20,000 acres in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties —has generated just 75% of its expected power, Don Carrington, editor of Carolina Journal, says, “Military officials also remain uneasy about the project’s interference with a . . . Complete story »

April 9, 2018 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Currituck hears from wind-powered energy critic

A critic of wind turbine–powered energy is urging the Currituck County Commission to consider crafting a regulatory ordinance to protect county residents. John Droz, of Morehead City, described himself as a citizen advocate, a scientist, an environmental champion and a defender of the military in appearing before the board at an April 2 Currituck work session. Droz was at the public podium for approximately 45 minutes, speaking to and fielding questions from the board. Droz told the board he believes . . . Complete story »

March 13, 2018 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Avangrid accelerates plans for N.C.’s first off-shore wind farm

Plans for a massive wind farm off the North Carolina coast are “moving faster than I think anybody anticipated,” says Avangrid Renewables CEO Laura Beane. In an interview, Beane, whose firm won preliminary leasing rights for 122,000 acres off the coast of Kitty Hawk last year, says a project could be online as early as 2025. “A lot of it just has to do with the market conditions coming together that make it very competitive,” she says, noting that improvements . . . Complete story »

February 5, 2018 • Letters, North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Letter: Wind turbines

It is imperative that the public understand the constraints that have historically prevented the members of the military from speaking publicly about their concerns with the wind power industry. As a county commissioner representing Pamlico County, I was part of a military/civilian committee of elected officials from four counties and towns that met with the commanding officer of Cherry Point Marine Air Base several times a year. All the commanding officers were able to speak of their grave concerns to . . . Complete story »

January 23, 2018 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Navy study of wind farm effect ongoing

About a year ago, state lawmakers called for shutting down the Amazon Wind Farm US East over concerns it would cause too much interference with a vital, U.S. Navy long-range radar receiver in Chesapeake. Were their fears justified or not? The Navy should soon know. The Navy’s analysis of the wind farm’s first year of operations should be done by this spring, according to Katisha Draughn-Fraguada, a public affairs officer for Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, which includes the Forces . . . Complete story »

December 28, 2017 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Top stories of 2017: Solar, wind projects begin to face more obstacles

In 2017, solar and wind power facilities faced storm clouds and headwinds in northeastern North Carolina, where residents and elected officials alike opposed their rapid growth. Moratoriums, permit denials and stricter zoning rules were among the many obstacles solar and wind developers faced throughout the year. The treatment stood in stark contrast to just a few years ago, when those same developers were winning local approval of their solar and wind projects, primarily with their promises of multi-million-dollar investments and . . . Complete story »

December 20, 2017 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Despite politics, wind energy poised to grow in NC

EASTERN N.C. – Like many Southeastern states, North Carolina has not yet been part of the wind energy boom. Nevertheless, the topic has been the topic of legislative tussles, concerns from environmentalists, concerns from those looking to protect military installations and others in recent years. Here’s where the state stands on several facets of wind energy. Legislation: Members of the General Assembly has shown significant skepticism – and some downright disapproval – of wind energy. Much of that doubt is, several Eastern N.C. . . . Complete story »

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