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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 31, 2021 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Avangrid, Apex move forward with wind energy projects

A little more than four years ago, Amazon Wind Farm US East began operations in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties. The same renewable energy company that built the Amazon facility plans to build a similar site off the coast of northeastern North Carolina. Avangrid Renewables began operation of its $600 million Amazon site in 2016. The 208-megawatt wind farm occupies about 22,000 acres spread across western Pasquotank and eastern Perquimans counties, but the facility’s 104 turbines and supporting infrastructure actually take . . . Complete story »

March 23, 2021 • Letters, North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Tackling Timbermill

Wow! A full page of propaganda from APEX promising to give the County ample money to maintain schools, pay for staff and make children love their school experience. All by letting APEX build a Wind Energy Facility (it is not a farm). A number of people have bought into this deception hook, line and sinker to the point that they refuse to even listen to facts. But for those who are still capable of critical thinking, let’s examine all the . . . Complete story »

January 17, 2021 • North Carolina, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Some green solutions create new problems of their own

What’s black and white, red all over, and comes to mind when you think of endangered species? No, it’s not your local newspaper. It’s the white blades of a wind turbine stained with the blood of bats, high-conservation-value birds and various insects. According to the Audubon Society (audubon.org/news) an estimated 140,000 to 500,000 bird deaths occur each year due to wind turbines, deaths which are “substantial,” they argue, “but significantly less than deaths caused by outdoor cats and building collisions.” . . . Complete story »

December 16, 2020 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Plan submitted for NC’s first offshore wind farm. Now, project needs a buyer.

Kitty Hawk could be just the start for North Carolina, as two other tracts off the state’s coastline have been identified by the federal government – one is known as Wilmington West and the other Wilmington East. The three sites combined make up more than 1.2 million acres of federal waters. Additionally, four sites have been identified off of South Carolina. Altogether, tracts off of the Carolinas could mean $45 billion in investment, according to a recent research report. Complete story »

October 29, 2020 • Maryland, North Carolina, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Three states — Maryland, Virginia, N. Carolina — to collaborate on offshore wind projects

The windblown coastal states of Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina will join forces to build offshore power projects and promote the region as a hub for offshore wind energy and industry, the states’ governors announced Thursday. The collaboration will attempt to make it easier and more predictable for companies to work across the three states, encourage manufacturing of parts for wind turbines and other infrastructure, and reduce project costs through supply chain development, a joint news release said. “Harnessing the . . . Complete story »

October 29, 2020 • Maryland, North Carolina, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina form partnership to jointly develop offshore wind

OCEAN CITY, Md. – The governors of Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday promising to work together in the pursuit of growing the offshore wind industry off the coast of their three states. The memorandum of understanding calls for the creation of a joint partnership called the Mid-Atlantic Regional Transformative Partnership for Offshore Wind Energy Resources (SMART-POWER), according to a copy of the agreement. That partnership will include a new leadership team made up of representatives . . . Complete story »

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 »

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