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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

March 13, 2018 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Avangrid accelerates plans for N.C.’s first off-shore wind farm

Plans for a massive wind farm off the North Carolina coast are “moving faster than I think anybody anticipated,” says Avangrid Renewables CEO Laura Beane. In an interview, Beane, whose firm won preliminary leasing rights for 122,000 acres off the coast of Kitty Hawk last year, says a project could be online as early as 2025. “A lot of it just has to do with the market conditions coming together that make it very competitive,” she says, noting that improvements . . . Complete story »

February 5, 2018 • Letters, North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Letter: Wind turbines

It is imperative that the public understand the constraints that have historically prevented the members of the military from speaking publicly about their concerns with the wind power industry. As a county commissioner representing Pamlico County, I was part of a military/civilian committee of elected officials from four counties and towns that met with the commanding officer of Cherry Point Marine Air Base several times a year. All the commanding officers were able to speak of their grave concerns to . . . Complete story »

January 23, 2018 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Navy study of wind farm effect ongoing

About a year ago, state lawmakers called for shutting down the Amazon Wind Farm US East over concerns it would cause too much interference with a vital, U.S. Navy long-range radar receiver in Chesapeake. Were their fears justified or not? The Navy should soon know. The Navy’s analysis of the wind farm’s first year of operations should be done by this spring, according to Katisha Draughn-Fraguada, a public affairs officer for Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, which includes the Forces . . . Complete story »

December 28, 2017 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Top stories of 2017: Solar, wind projects begin to face more obstacles

In 2017, solar and wind power facilities faced storm clouds and headwinds in northeastern North Carolina, where residents and elected officials alike opposed their rapid growth. Moratoriums, permit denials and stricter zoning rules were among the many obstacles solar and wind developers faced throughout the year. The treatment stood in stark contrast to just a few years ago, when those same developers were winning local approval of their solar and wind projects, primarily with their promises of multi-million-dollar investments and . . . Complete story »

December 20, 2017 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Despite politics, wind energy poised to grow in NC

EASTERN N.C. – Like many Southeastern states, North Carolina has not yet been part of the wind energy boom. Nevertheless, the topic has been the topic of legislative tussles, concerns from environmentalists, concerns from those looking to protect military installations and others in recent years. Here’s where the state stands on several facets of wind energy. Legislation: Members of the General Assembly has shown significant skepticism – and some downright disapproval – of wind energy. Much of that doubt is, several Eastern N.C. . . . Complete story »

November 15, 2017 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Aerial wildlife surveys begin soon of offshore wind farm site

Two companies have been tasked by the federal government with conducting ultra-high resolution aerial digital surveys of wildlife off the coast of North and South Carolina of sites for proposed offshore wind farms. The survey by APEM, based in Manchester, England, and Normandeau Associates Inc., which has an office in Stanley, N.C., will provide baseline data to help with siting and permitting future developments. In March, the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management awarded a 122,405-acre lease . . . Complete story »

November 15, 2017 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Contract for North Carolina wind-military maps signed

An engineering company will be paid $110,000 in state money for a study of the impacts of wind energy projects on military operations. The website Southeast Energy News reported on the contract between the company AECOM and legislative staff members on Nov. 7; it was finalized shortly after a Nov. 1 deadline in the law requiring Legislative Services Officer Paul Coble to award the contract. The firm’s proposal notes that it has strong relationships with the military as a result . . . Complete story »

November 7, 2017 • Blogs, North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

North Carolina ‘wind maps’ process won’t be open to public

In the latest chapter in a years-long controversy, the North Carolina General Assembly has moved a step closer to a controversial suite of maps that could determine the future of wind energy in the state. On Friday, the legislature made public its $110,000 contract with AECOM, a global engineering firm with an office in Morrisville, to chart the areas of the state where wind turbines could interfere with military bases. The study – which must be completed by next May . . . Complete story »

October 25, 2017 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

‘Home grown’ claims of wind energy industry questioned

Dee Stewart was in Raleigh this spring to disclose poll results lauding renewable energy. It seemed a bit odd that a seasoned Republican campaign strategist would praise an industry laden with special interest subsidies. But the Conservatives for Clean Energy event was just another sign of the increasing politicization of green energy. “If I look at this in the context of running a race, I would look at it and say, ‘Gosh, this is a winner,’” Stewart said. “At the . . . Complete story »

October 17, 2017 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

N.C.’s first offshore wind farm lease finalized

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 . . . Complete story »

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