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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 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 »

February 19, 2020 • North Carolina, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind, solar panels pose waste issues

Bloomberg Energy this month issued an attention-grabbing report on a serious waste problem with wind turbines: Retired turbine blades are clogging up landfills. This problem is only going to get worse, as Bloomberg reports, because right now the blades at the end of their lifespan are from wind power built more than a decade ago. There’s been a fivefold increase in installing wind turbines since, powered in large part by federal and state incentives and mandates. If you enjoy John . . . Complete story »

November 15, 2019 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

North Carolina will move forward with offshore wind study, governor says

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says an analysis of the state’s offshore wind potential will move forward despite a months-long impasse over the state budget. “We’re going to do the studies regardless,” Cooper told the Energy News Network this week after speaking at a gathering of wind energy advocates and businesses in Cary, just outside the state capital. “We know we need to move to a clean energy future in order to fight climate change, but we also know that . . . Complete story »

November 14, 2019 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Gov. Cooper talks up offshore wind as part of clean energy future

Gov. Roy Cooper says it’s time to end legislative battles over wind energy and make sure it’s part of a future clean energy system in North Carolina. Cooper’s Clean Energy Plan released in October calls for fighting climate change by shifting to cleaner sources of electricity. “Part of that future needs to be wind – particularly offshore wind,” he said Wednesday at a conference in Cary hosted by the Southeastern Wind Coalition. North Carolina has been slower than some neighboring states . . . Complete story »

November 3, 2019 • Letters, North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Disagrees with offshore wind energy op-ed

One has trouble deciding whether to laugh or to cry after reading your October 2, 2019 feature: “Offshore wind energy checks all the boxes: affordable, reliable, clean, and economically sound” because every bit of this title is, of course, patently false! First of all, while windmills on land are enormously expensive and would not exist without massive government subsidies and mandates, windmills out in the ocean will be many times more expensive as any knowledgeable engineer will confirm. Thus, can . . . Complete story »

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