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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.

March 25, 2020 • North Carolina, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm company to install weather buoy off Outer Banks as project moves forward

The Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind project plans to install its first visible piece of equipment off the Outer Banks – a buoy that can measure the winds nearly 800 feet above the surface. The equipment will include a surface buoy and a bottom platform working together that will measure weather patterns, currents and wave action, among other things, said Craig Poff, director of development for the project. A state-of-the-art laser radar system will gauge wind speeds at 240 meters above the . . . Complete story »

March 6, 2020 • North Carolina, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Renewable energy projects cause rate increases

I submitted online testimony regarding the 2019 IRP Update Reports and Related 2019 REPS Compliance Plans, Docket E-100 Sub 157, a NC Utility Commission hearing that evaluates power generation estimates by several NC Utility Providers, including energy provided from solar and wind power producers. Public testimony will be heard March 9 in Raleigh. Utility Providers’ profit comes from a percentage of the income from energy sold. The cost of creating electricity from these sources is borne by their customers. Unfortunately, . . . Complete story »

February 25, 2020 • North Carolina, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

NC wind project lays groundwork in Virginia Beach

The turbines might be in the Outer Banks, but a planned wind farm in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, could have a huge economic impact in Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads, according to project leaders. The Kitty Hawk wind farm project, which would provide enough power for 700,000 homes, has cleared several obstacles on the way to the construction phase. Most recently, the Virginia Beach Economic Development Authority approved a five-year option of up to 30 acres in the Corporate Landing . . . Complete story »

February 19, 2020 • North Carolina, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind, solar panels pose waste issues

Bloomberg Energy this month issued an attention-grabbing report on a serious waste problem with wind turbines: Retired turbine blades are clogging up landfills. This problem is only going to get worse, as Bloomberg reports, because right now the blades at the end of their lifespan are from wind power built more than a decade ago. There’s been a fivefold increase in installing wind turbines since, powered in large part by federal and state incentives and mandates. If you enjoy John . . . Complete story »

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 »

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