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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.

October 30, 2021 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Feds to begin leasing process for wind farms off Wilmington

The Wilmington East project has been met with some opposition in Brunswick County, where local governments and the county commissioners have passed resolutions opposing the construction of any wind farms within 24 nautical miles of the coast in order to protect the view. Complete story »

October 21, 2021 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Kure Beach council passes ordinance opposing wind energy leases within 24 miles of shoreline

The first year of paid parking wrapped up in the Town of Kure Beach and the council is reporting how much was made and taking a stand against wind energy too close to its shoreline. In the council’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting, Mayor Craig Bloszinsky reported the numbers have not been finalized but parking made over $700,000. The cost of machines, signage, and other expenses still need to be factored in before the revenue is reported. The council voted unanimously . . . Complete story »

September 21, 2021 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Long-delayed plans for North Carolina’s second wind farm back on track

Apex Clean Energy’s long-delayed Timbermill Wind project seems finally back on track, as the Virginia-based company has asked N.C. regulators to approve the 189-megawatt project. The company says it wants to start construction on the $246 million project in Chowan County by November 2022 and hopes to complete it a year later. It would be just the second wind farm in North Carolina after the 208-megawatt Amazon Wind Farm in Perquimans and Pasquotank counties owned and operated by Avangrid Renewables . . . Complete story »

August 19, 2021 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Brunswick officials’ worries over offshore wind unresolved

Brunswick County beach towns are back to square one in a push to ensure potential offshore wind farms are out of the line of sight from shore. “Nothing has changed,” said Village of Bald Head Island Councilor Peter Quinn. “We’re still in the exact same situation. Nothing has been addressed.” The village council first adopted a resolution in 2015 urging the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, or BOEM, to establish a buffer for offshore wind energy leases no closer than . . . Complete story »

August 9, 2021 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Apex: Timbermill wind farm to be online in late 2023

A representative of Apex Clean Energy told Chowan County officials last week the company expects the Timbermill wind energy project will be up and running by late 2023. Don Giecek of Apex cited the timetable in a presentation to the Chowan Board of Commissioners at the board’s Aug. 2 meeting. Although an earlier version of the proposed Timbermill project included sites in Perquimans County, county officials in Perquimans did not approve the Perquimans portion of the project and the current . . . Complete story »

August 5, 2021 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

County pushes back on offshore wind turbines

Brunswick County Commissioners want any offshore wind turbines built off of local beaches to be at least 24 nautical miles away so they don’t impact tourism and the view of the coast. Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution Monday in opposition to any wind energy leases within 24 nautical miles of North Carolina’s shoreline. They want the same protections the federal government’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has established for the State of Virginia and other areas of coastal North . . . Complete story »

August 4, 2021 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Prospect of visible ocean wind farms unites Brunswick towns in opposition

BRUNSWICK COUNTY – There’s a campaign afoot in Brunswick County and its coastal townships to thwart the installation of offshore wind turbines within 24 nautical miles of the shoreline. The opposition movement began earlier this summer in Bald Head Island. The village council approved a resolution in May that makes it clear any efforts to place wind farms within the island’s viewshed – the territory of ocean in which the turbines could be seen from the beach, or the Old Baldy lighthouse – . . . Complete story »

August 4, 2021 • North Carolina, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Brunswick County commissioners unanimously opppose offshore wind turbines

The Brunswick Commissioners extended the usual “not-in-my-backyard” thinking to “not-within-27-miles” Monday, voting to oppose construction of wind turbines within 24 nautical miles (about 27 miles) of the county’s shoreline. Although no wind-energy projects are planned for the area, the federal government has identified three Wind Energy Areas (WEA) off the North Carolina coast as potential sites for turbines, which would harness offshore wind to produce electricity. Two are off the coast of Brunswick County and one is off Kitty Hawk, . . . Complete story »

August 2, 2021 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Commissioners pass resolution opposing wind turbines built too close to shore

If you visit Brunswick County beaches and you look out onto the horizon, you might see a boat or two, but for the most part, it’s empty. The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners wants to make sure that doesn’t change. That’s why commissioners unanimously passed a resolution on Monday that would keep the coast clear by discouraging any potential wind turbines to be built along the coast. While there aren’t any plans in the works for new wind turbines, the . . . Complete story »

August 2, 2021 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Brunswick board to stake out position on offshore turbines

Offshore wind turbines are back on the radar for southeastern North Carolina local governments. Brunswick County’s board of commissioners will consider a resolution opposing offshore wind turbines sited fewer than 24 nautical miles of the shoreline, following the lead of a handful of its oceanfront towns, including Bald Head Island, Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach and Caswell Beach. The board is set to meet at 3 p.m. Monday in the commissioners’ chambers, Sandifer Administration Building, 30 Government Center Drive, Bolivia. . . . Complete story »

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