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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.

July 19, 2021 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Why tourism and wind power are at odds in Brunswick County

Brunswick County beach towns that thrive on tourism are banding together to oppose the installation of wind turbines off their shores. In the last few months Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Caswell Beach and the Village of Bald Head Island have all passed resolutions taking issue with wind turbines that could be seen from their beaches, asking for them to be positioned at least 24 nautical miles away. Oak Island Mayor Ken Thomas said the town will be working on . . . Complete story »

June 17, 2021 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Cooper’s offshore wind-power order exhibits divide over NC’s energy future

RALEIGH —Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order on June 9 directing agencies in his administration to develop wind-energy infrastructure off the coast. Republicans, meanwhile, blasted the plan, saying the focus instead should be on affordable, reliable options, especially natural gas. “Offshore wind power will help North Carolina create jobs and generate economic development while helping us transition to a clean energy economy,” said Cooper in a press release on Executive Order 218. “North Carolina’s national leadership . . . Complete story »

June 15, 2021 • North Carolina, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Who determines energy policy in North Carolina?

Are offshore wind farms a job creating investment that makes North Carolina’s energy portfolio more environmentally friendly? That is debatable, but, more important, who gets to make the call one way or another? Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson doesn’t think it should be the left up to one partisan politician, and so, when Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order last week committing the state to pursuing such a strategy, Robinson wasted no time in clapping back that the policy – and . . . Complete story »

June 11, 2021 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Wilmington could see more offshore wind farms after recent executive order

Gov. Roy Cooper signed Executive Order 218 on Wednesday to reaffirm North Carolina’s commitment to utilizing offshore wind energy and continue the state’s path towards a clean energy economy. This strategy could finally bring development to the waters off Wilmington’s coast, which have been deemed ripe for the harvesting of wind energy. The order lays out targets for electricity production through offshore wind farms, calling for 2.8 gigawatts of offshore wind energy (approximately enough to power 2 million homes for . . . Complete story »

June 10, 2021 • Blogs, North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Cooper signs order setting goals for offshore wind power

The Cooper administration announced Wednesday another step toward developing a clean energy economy. Gov. Roy Cooper’s office said his newest directive, executive order No. 218, signed Wednesday reaffirms the state’s commitment to creating clean energy jobs, increasing economic opportunities and reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the expansion of offshore wind power. “Offshore wind power will help North Carolina create jobs and generate economic development while helping us transition to a clean energy economy,” Cooper said in a statement. “North Carolina’s . . . Complete story »

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 »

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