Wind Power News: North Carolina
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
North Carolina’s first offshore wind development lease has been finalized by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, meaning Avangrid Renewables can start planning in earnest. Portland, Ore.-based Avangrid Renewables submitted a $9.1 million winning bid for the 122,000-acre Kitty Hawk tract in March. In a prepared statement, Laura Beane, president and CEO of Avangrid, called the lease an “important next step” in pushing the U.S. offshore wind industry forward. “Executing this lease with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy . . .
The hulking C-17 is the pack mule of the United States military, designed to lift and transport troops, tanks and even helicopters. Every American C-17 pilot is trained at the Altus Air Force Base in southwestern Oklahoma, where flight instructor Adam Bergoo says a key lesson is how to fly close to the ground. “That’s one of our military missions, is to fly low-level, because that basically reduces the risk of detection, and getting shot at by the bad guys,” . . .
Apex Clean Energy has shelved plans to build a multi-million dollar wind power project in Perquimans County but will pursue building the Timbermill Wind project in Chowan County where it did win approval. The company made the announcement last Wednesday. In November 2016 the Perquimans County Commission rejected Apex’s application to build more than 50 turbines in the Bear Swamp area. Apex appealed the decision but in June Superior Court Judge Walter Godwin sided with the county. The deadline to . . .
Jim Robison, a former Chowan County Planning Board member, said the Clean Energy Technology Center is “joined at the hip with the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association,” which is a professional advocacy organization for renewable energy developers. When the planning board was considering a wind ordinance in response to an application to build 600-foot turbines for the Timbermill wind project, Robison said, Stephen Kalland, Clean Energy Technology Center executive director, and another center official endorsed the project and dismissed residents’ concerns. They handed out fliers about wind energy with contact information for wind developers.
Several companies developing wind farm projects in northeastern North Carolina are taking a wait-and-see approach after Governor Roy Cooper recently signed a bill with an 18-month moratorium on such projects, but then issued an order allowing “behind the scenes work” to continue during that moratorium. In late July, Cooper signed House Bill 589 that contained good news for solar energy developers – including a competitive bidding process and a new solar leasing program. But it also contained the 18-month wind farm . . .
In signing wide-ranging solar legislation into law last week, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order to blunt the impact of the bill’s 18-month moratorium on wind power – tacked on amid controversy in the legislative session’s final hours. Little surprised to see the wind provision enacted as part of an otherwise popular solar policy, clean energy advocates welcomed the decree. But in the face of a hostile state Senate, they say the fate of the industry after . . .
Despite a moratorium on new N.C. wind projects, Apex Clean Energy Inc. continues to “explore options” for its proposed $300 million Timbermill Wind farm. The moratorium’s proponents presented it as a measure to ensure that wind development in the state would not interfere with flight training at N.C. military bases. Although the state already has procedures in place to consider any military objections to wind projects – and the military has approved of plans for wind projects in the state – those . . .
North Carolina passed a clean-energy bill Thursday that could spur a wave of new solar projects in the country’s second-biggest solar state – but at the expense of wind. House Bill 589, which Governor Roy Cooper signed Thursday, places a moratorium on new wind development through December 2018. The law creates a competitive bidding process that will bring more than 2.6 gigawatts of new solar over 3 1/2 years, Duke Energy Corp., owner of the state’s biggest utility, said. The legislation . . .
Gov. Roy Cooper has signed a bill establishing competitive bids for most utility-scale solar projects in the state despite the bill’s controversial moratorium on wind permits added to the bill by the N.C. Senate. He praised the painstaking, months-long effort that led to the compromises on solar in the original bill, At the heart of those compromises was the competitive bidding process Duke Energy sought and a commitment from Duke to seek 2,660 megawatts of new renewable energy bids through . . .
Huge international renewable energy developers don’t care a whit about destroying thousands of acres of farmland in rural North Carolina. Rural areas are often the target of environmental big bullies because they don’t have the resources or press coverage to resist the invasion. Iberdrola of Spain built a wind farm near Elizabeth City with 104 wind turbines on 2,513 acres. Invenergy of Spain wants a 600-acre solar farm of 288,120 panels in rural Beaufort County. These companies only care about . . .