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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 2, 2020 • North Carolina, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Offshore moratorium includes wind energy

On Sept. 8, President Trump signed an order prohibiting offshore leasing for energy exploration, development or production off the coast of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Trump said Sept. 25 during an event he would add North Carolina and Virginia to the moratorium. Though not explicitly stated in the executive orders, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has confirmed that wind energy is included in the withdrawal. “The withdrawal includes all energy leasing, including conventional and renewable energy, beginning on . . . Complete story »

September 29, 2020 • Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Trump’s offshore oil ban to halt coastal wind farms too

President Donald Trump’s decision to rule out energy development along the coasts of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas will bar not just offshore oil and gas drilling – but coastal wind farms too. The broad reach of Trump’s recent orders, which was confirmed by the Interior Department agency that oversees offshore energy development, comes as renewable developers are spending hundreds of millions of dollars snapping up the rights to build wind farms along the U.S. East Coast. At issue are recent . . . Complete story »

August 19, 2020 • North Carolina, South Carolina, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Dominion bills have soared — and are set to rise even faster, officials say

The SCC report said Dominion’s latest long-term plan, which details a multi-billion-dollar investment in renewable energy, will boost the average residential customer’s monthly bill from $116.69 now to more than $168 by 2030. Complete story »

July 17, 2020 • North Carolina, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Praise for commission’s wind stance

My wife and I greatly appreciate the commissioners for their efforts regarding the July 6 meeting to revise the Chowan County wind ordinance, which arms the entire county with a better negotiating stance while protecting non-participating citizens. The real benefit to the county is tax payments. Commissioners are surprised this discussion hasn’t already occurred. Utility customers will still pay Apex taxes and Timbermill’s estimated $219 million construction costs with $10 million to Chowan’s good. So, Timbermill approval is untouched, and . . . Complete story »

July 10, 2020 • North Carolina, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Chowan commission amends wind ordinance

Rather than reprint the lyrics to Bob Dylan’s immortal “Blowing in the Wind” to lead the reader into this story about Chowan County’s wind energy facility ordinance, let’s cut to the chase. Monday, county commissioners approved amending the wind ordinance, 4-3, with commissioners Patti Kersey, Bob Kirby, Larry McLaughlin and Ron Cummings voting in favor of the changes. Don Faircloth, Greg Bonner and Ellis Lawrence voted against the amendments. Changes only affect those projects that come before the board after . . . Complete story »

July 2, 2020 • North Carolina, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Start of a better wind ordinance

During the regular June 13th County Commissioners meeting, I became aware of what Chowan’s wind ordinance really means. Obviously it means text changes, amendments, deletions and same-ol’, same-ol’ political gamesmanship. So, the first public comment was a letter from Apex Clean Energy that changing the wind ordinance wasn’t necessary. Their same denial was used during the Timbermill CUP hearing that commissioners swallowed hook, line and sinker. (They originally aided in drafting the current wind ordinance commissioners in the day approved.) . . . Complete story »

June 18, 2020 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Changes to Chowan County’s wind energy facility ordinance move forward

Chowan County Commissioners spent several hours Monday evening hashing out the details of a draft ordinance amendment on wind energy facilities. Before the board debated the regulations, several members of the public spoke about the facilities. During the regular public comment portion of the regular meeting at the Public Safety Center in Edenton, County Clerk Susanne Stallings read a letter from Natasha Montague, public affairs manager with Apex Clean Energy. The company currently is in the process of obtaining permits . . . Complete story »

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 »

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