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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 21, 2019 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Brown to revive bill limiting wind energy

RALEIGH – The Senate will take another look at a controversial bill that would make wind energy development nearly impossible in much of eastern North Carolina, according to the bill’s main sponsor. Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, said he plans to bring back Senate Bill 377, the Military Base Protections Act, which did not pass ahead of this month’s crossover deadline. Brown, one of the Senate’s main budget writers, said he plans to get the legislation back before the Senate as early . . . Complete story »

May 15, 2019 • Blogs, North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Brown, others say DoD vindicates concerns about wind turbines and military operations

Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, is convinced large wind energy projects, such as the Amazon Wind Farm near Elizabeth City, hinder the military’s ability to conduct low-level flight training missions in North Carolina. He also thinks construction of new wind facilities could hurt the state in a future Base Realignment and Closing process. Brown and others concerned about the compatibility of industrial-scale wind projects and military training say they recently got vindication from the Department of Defense. The director of the . . . Complete story »

May 15, 2019 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

In North Carolina, wind farm ban misses a key legislative deadline

A contentious bill to ban wind farms in much of eastern North Carolina missed a key legislative deadline last week, but observers say the proposal could well reappear before lawmakers adjourn for the summer. Senate Bill 377 would prohibit new wind turbines in an area reaching into more than 50 counties and covering nearly all of the state’s coastal plain, according to a study commissioned by the General Assembly that outlines military-related activities in the state. The bill’s chief sponsor, . . . Complete story »

May 3, 2019 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed coastal wind farm ban spinning through Senate

Legislation that would block wind turbines from going up in a large swath of North Carolina’s coast cleared its first hurdle in the Senate on Thursday and could be on the Senate floor by early next week. Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown called Senate Bill 377 critical to North Carolina’s effort to fend off the military’s next round of base closures. Having wind farms encroach on the ability of the Army, Air Force and Marines to train near any of . . . Complete story »

May 3, 2019 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Senate pushes ahead with a controversial ban on wind farms in most of eastern NC

A controversial ban on new wind turbines in all or part of more than 40 counties, including almost all of Eastern North Carolina, advanced in the state legislature Thursday. The bill’s main proponent, Republican Sen. Harry Brown of Jacksonville, said the wind turbine ban is needed to protect airspace for military test flights and to keep military installations in the state. Critics said the bill is unnecessary because the Department of Defense already makes sure that planned wind facilities won’t . . . Complete story »

April 24, 2019 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Stakes high for wind farm legislation in eastern NC

If all goes well, Don Giecek, senior project manager for Virginia’s Apex Clean Energy, expects to see turbines spinning in the Chowan County sky in 2021. The project is expected to be Chowan’s largest taxpayer, with property tax estimates ranging between $1.5 million and $2 million to the county. But, so far, it has not all gone well. And not just for Giecek’s plans in Chowan County. A recently expired statewide moratorium not only delayed his plans for more than . . . Complete story »

April 10, 2019 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Seymour Johnson commander calls for “status quo” as NC considers wind farm ban

A bill to prohibit wind farms throughout much of eastern North Carolina got an important nod of support Wednesday from the commander of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, even as retired military commanders debated the merit of legislation that will likely be one of the more hotly contested issues of this session. Seymour Johnson’s Col. Donn Yates didn’t specifically endorse the bill, but he told state senators that he needs “the status quo” to train jet pilots at . . . Complete story »

April 7, 2019 • Editorials, North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Blowin’ no more

Information that will be shelved by the mainstream Democrat liberal media is that in rural Iowa where the wind sweeps across the prairie three massive 450-foot high wind turbines are being torn down because their constant noise disrupted the townspeople. Cost to remove each turbine is $150,000. Plaintiffs in the case in Fairbank, Iowa, about 35 miles from Waterloo and 50 miles from Cedar Rapids, are homeowners who lived next to the wind turbine site and successfully argued, said the . . . Complete story »

March 29, 2019 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Why these state senators want ban on new wind farms in eastern NC

State Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown, R-Onslow, and two colleagues introduced a bill in the N.C. General Assembly on Wednesday to prohibit the construction of wind farms in much of eastern North Carolina, contending that they represent a threat to military training. Critics say Brown and his co-sponsors – Sens. Paul Newton, R-Cabarrus, and Norman Sanderson Jr., R-Pamlico – have misused a map produced at the General Assembly’s direction, of where tall windmills could impact military air training. The map, developed in . . . Complete story »

March 29, 2019 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Brown files wind farm ‘compromise’ bill

RALEIGH – The state senator who authored the now-expired moratorium on wind energy development in North Carolina has offered a “compromise” bill he says will alleviate risks to military training. But the measure would put most eastern North Carolina counties off limits to wind power development. Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, on Wednesday introduced Senate Bill 377, the Military Base Protection Act, that he described as “a fair and reasonable middle ground” that would protect Defense Department operations, the second-largest sector . . . Complete story »

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