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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.

November 15, 2019 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

North Carolina will move forward with offshore wind study, governor says

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says an analysis of the state’s offshore wind potential will move forward despite a months-long impasse over the state budget. “We’re going to do the studies regardless,” Cooper told the Energy News Network this week after speaking at a gathering of wind energy advocates and businesses in Cary, just outside the state capital. “We know we need to move to a clean energy future in order to fight climate change, but we also know that . . . Complete story »

November 14, 2019 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Gov. Cooper talks up offshore wind as part of clean energy future

Gov. Roy Cooper says it’s time to end legislative battles over wind energy and make sure it’s part of a future clean energy system in North Carolina. Cooper’s Clean Energy Plan released in October calls for fighting climate change by shifting to cleaner sources of electricity. “Part of that future needs to be wind – particularly offshore wind,” he said Wednesday at a conference in Cary hosted by the Southeastern Wind Coalition. North Carolina has been slower than some neighboring states . . . Complete story »

November 3, 2019 • Letters, North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Disagrees with offshore wind energy op-ed

One has trouble deciding whether to laugh or to cry after reading your October 2, 2019 feature: “Offshore wind energy checks all the boxes: affordable, reliable, clean, and economically sound” because every bit of this title is, of course, patently false! First of all, while windmills on land are enormously expensive and would not exist without massive government subsidies and mandates, windmills out in the ocean will be many times more expensive as any knowledgeable engineer will confirm. Thus, can . . . Complete story »

October 12, 2019 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Clemson bet big on the future of renewable energy. Years later, SC still won’t embrace it.

Dead air. That’s the vibe around the wind power industry in South Carolina that nearly a decade ago saw $100 million invested by public and private sources. Progress is as flat as the long turbine blade displayed resting on the ground outside Clemson University’s $98 million Energy Innovation Center on the former Navy base in North Charleston. It hosts one of the largest wind simulators in the world – designed to test huge wind turbines. The state-of-the-art facility was built in . . . Complete story »

August 23, 2019 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Can solar increase emissions? A debate erupts

A recent newspaper article and claims from conservative groups are stirring up a debate about whether greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution can rise because of large amounts of solar on the grid. At issue is a group of combustion turbine power plants in a county at the North Carolina-Virginia border that Duke Energy Corp. only operates during certain times of the day. The so-called peaker plants adjust their power output during the day as electric demand changes. This means . . . Complete story »

August 20, 2019 • North Carolina, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Duke Energy application points finger at solar for increased pollution

Traditional power plants — including cleaner burning natural gas plants — must scale back electric generation to accommodate solar energy surging onto the system when the sun rises, and power back up when the sun sets and solar energy dissipates. That starting and stopping reduces efficiency and incapacitates emission control devices, increasing pollutant levels. On other days solar energy is erratic and can result in more frequent cycling of reserve sources, further decreasing power plant efficiency. This increased cycling can result in increased emissions and undue wear and tear on the expensive equipment. Complete story »

August 5, 2019 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

An effort to restrict eastern N.C wind farms appears dead in the legislature

Legislation that would have put more restrictions on new wind farms in eastern North Carolina will die in committee, according to the majority leader of the state House of Representatives. Senate Bill 377 was an escalation of a years-long internal Republican fight over wind farms. One side has long said wind farms could threaten the future of the region’s military bases, which are vital for the state and local economics. Other Republican lawmakers have consistently countered that’s not a legitimate . . . Complete story »

July 30, 2019 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Brown says wind energy bill dead for now

RALEIGH – A bill that started out as an effort by Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, to limit the areas available for wind energy projects won’t be taken up again this session, the senator told a state court last week. Brown, the Senate majority leader, testifying before a three-judge panel in Raleigh during a partisan redistricting trial, used the bill’s lack of progress as an example of when even powerful members of the legislature don’t get their way. “To be honest with . . . Complete story »

June 29, 2019 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Energy company to conduct surveys of ocean bottom off Corolla

COROLLA, N.C. A renewable energy company will survey the bottom of the ocean off Corolla this summer and fall in preparation for building an offshore wind farm. Two boats, one near shore and one offshore, will pull equipment up to 1,000 feet long all day, every day from June 25 to Oct. 15. Fishing vessels should stay at least a mile away and fishing gear should be removed from the area, according to a news release from the wind farm . . . Complete story »

June 26, 2019 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power ban dropped from wind power legislation

A freeze on new wind turbines the Senate approved for wide swaths of the state is gone from a new proposal on regulating wind turbines. House and Senate negotiators removed the moratorium the Senate approved in Senate bill 377 and added an addition to the state permitting process by requiring the state to ask for more information from military commanders. Companies that want to erect wind turbines must already seek local, state and federal approval. The bill approved by a . . . Complete story »

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