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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.

August 23, 2019 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Can solar increase emissions? A debate erupts

A recent newspaper article and claims from conservative groups are stirring up a debate about whether greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution can rise because of large amounts of solar on the grid. At issue is a group of combustion turbine power plants in a county at the North Carolina-Virginia border that Duke Energy Corp. only operates during certain times of the day. The so-called peaker plants adjust their power output during the day as electric demand changes. This means . . . Complete story »

August 20, 2019 • North Carolina, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Duke Energy application points finger at solar for increased pollution

Traditional power plants — including cleaner burning natural gas plants — must scale back electric generation to accommodate solar energy surging onto the system when the sun rises, and power back up when the sun sets and solar energy dissipates. That starting and stopping reduces efficiency and incapacitates emission control devices, increasing pollutant levels. On other days solar energy is erratic and can result in more frequent cycling of reserve sources, further decreasing power plant efficiency. This increased cycling can result in increased emissions and undue wear and tear on the expensive equipment. Complete story »

August 5, 2019 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

An effort to restrict eastern N.C wind farms appears dead in the legislature

Legislation that would have put more restrictions on new wind farms in eastern North Carolina will die in committee, according to the majority leader of the state House of Representatives. Senate Bill 377 was an escalation of a years-long internal Republican fight over wind farms. One side has long said wind farms could threaten the future of the region’s military bases, which are vital for the state and local economics. Other Republican lawmakers have consistently countered that’s not a legitimate . . . Complete story »

July 30, 2019 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Brown says wind energy bill dead for now

RALEIGH – A bill that started out as an effort by Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, to limit the areas available for wind energy projects won’t be taken up again this session, the senator told a state court last week. Brown, the Senate majority leader, testifying before a three-judge panel in Raleigh during a partisan redistricting trial, used the bill’s lack of progress as an example of when even powerful members of the legislature don’t get their way. “To be honest with . . . Complete story »

June 29, 2019 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Energy company to conduct surveys of ocean bottom off Corolla

COROLLA, N.C. A renewable energy company will survey the bottom of the ocean off Corolla this summer and fall in preparation for building an offshore wind farm. Two boats, one near shore and one offshore, will pull equipment up to 1,000 feet long all day, every day from June 25 to Oct. 15. Fishing vessels should stay at least a mile away and fishing gear should be removed from the area, according to a news release from the wind farm . . . Complete story »

June 26, 2019 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power ban dropped from wind power legislation

A freeze on new wind turbines the Senate approved for wide swaths of the state is gone from a new proposal on regulating wind turbines. House and Senate negotiators removed the moratorium the Senate approved in Senate bill 377 and added an addition to the state permitting process by requiring the state to ask for more information from military commanders. Companies that want to erect wind turbines must already seek local, state and federal approval. The bill approved by a . . . Complete story »

June 14, 2019 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Reworked bill to limit wind energy advances

RALEIGH – A new version of legislation spelling out restrictions on wind energy projects passed the Senate this week, but backers in both chambers say to expect yet another rewrite soon. Wayne County Republican and House Majority Leader Rep. John Bell, whose Greene, Johnston and Wayne County district includes Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, said a new version of the bill could be announced as early as next week. Its sponsors, including Sens. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, Paul Newton, R-Cabarrus, and Norm . . . Complete story »

June 13, 2019 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power moratorium clears Senate

Raleigh, N.C. – A three-year ban on new wind farms throughout much of eastern North Carolina cleared the Senate Wednesday on a divided vote. Sponsors said, much as they did last week, that they hope to remove the moratorium language from the bill before it’s final. But Senate Bill 377 moved from the Senate to the House with the moratorium language intact and would ban windmills in wide swaths of the state to protect corridors military pilots use for training. The . . . Complete story »

June 7, 2019 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Eastern NC wind farm ban bill back, but shrunk to 3 years

Raleigh, N.C. – A proposed ban on new wind farms in much of eastern North Carolina re-emerged at the statehouse Wednesday but shrunk to a three-year moratorium instead of an indefinite one. Senate Bill 377’s sponsors said they hope to not even need that, noting conversations are going on to scale back legislation that will ultimately pass. “We don’t intend to have a moratorium at the end,” Sen. Jim Perry, R-Wayne, said. “We’re asking everybody to take a leap of faith . . . Complete story »

May 28, 2019 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Despite setback, Brown to press on with bill limiting wind farms

The Senate will take another look at a controversial bill that would make wind energy development nearly impossible in much of eastern North Carolina, according to the bill’s main sponsor. Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, said he plans to bring back Senate Bill 377, the Military Base Protections Act, which did not pass ahead of this month’s crossover deadline. Brown, one of the Senate’s main budget writers, said he plans to get the legislation back before the Senate but would not . . . Complete story »

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