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Wind Power News: North Carolina

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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.


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 »


September 12, 2017 • North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

New wind farms cause friction in the sky over military flight routes

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,” . . . Complete story »


August 23, 2017 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind project pulls out of Perquimans

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 . . . Complete story »


August 19, 2017 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Critics say N.C. State’s clean energy tech center an advocacy arm of renewable industry

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. Complete story »


August 16, 2017 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Keeping a wary eye on wind farms; Developers mull options after state passes moratorium

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 . . . Complete story »


August 4, 2017 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

In North Carolina, wind energy proponents already gearing up for next battle

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 . . . Complete story »


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