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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.

December 9, 2018 • South CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine movement for offshore South Carolina possible training threat to the military

The new hurdle to placing wind turbine towers offshore flies at 1,000 mph and carries a cannon. The bigger the turbine blades, the more they could disrupt military training – everything from low-altitude maneuvers by jet fighters, to the use of radar. The bigger the blades, the more power they generate, a key factor in whether a company decides to build towers off the South Carolina coast where the winds are considered marginal. As the emerging wind industry eyes taller towers . . . Complete story »

July 14, 2018 • North Carolina, South CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Duke Energy Carolinas withdraws proposal to purchase wind power

Duke Energy Carolinas has quietly abandoned plans for purchasing up to 500 megawatts worth of wind power capacity for the Carolinas by 2022 after finding the initial bids from producers “not economically attractive.” Eleven months ago, Duke issued a request for proposals on wind power, expected to come from outside of North Carolina. It proposed offering power-purchase agreements of up to 20 years to buy wind power from projects, likely in the Midwest, that could be brought into the state. . . . Complete story »

May 2, 2017 • South CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

South Carolina House stalls renewable energy tax breaks that solar advocates wanted, halting bill this year

COLUMBIA – After receiving wide-spread support in the Senate more than three months ago, state representatives derailed a pro-solar energy bill that would reduce property taxes for renewable energy projects in South Carolina. A House subcommittee chaired by Rep. Brian White, R-Anderson, voted to end debate on the sought-after legislation, which solar industry officials say could increase investment of renewable energy projects in the state – a sector that is worth billions of dollars. The proposed law would allow commercial-sized solar projects . . . Complete story »

December 28, 2016 • South Carolina, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

New federal rule loosens industry restrictions to protect eagles

The once-endangered bald eagle has run smack into human progress. Federal regulators have approved a controversial proposal to allow the take, or unintended killing, of the protected birds without penalty, under a single permit issued for as long as 30 years. In contrast, a hunter killing an eagle without a permit could be fined $15,000 and jailed for six months. In other “take” cases, a permit is required for each kill. The loosening of permit restrictions is designed, like the . . . Complete story »

May 9, 2016 • South CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

N.J. company seeks leases for wind farms off Charleston

CAPE ROMAIN – A company seeking to build a wind farm off New Jersey wants to see how the wind blows off Bulls Bay and Charleston, too. Fisherman’s Energy is one of two companies whose officials have told federal regulators they are interested in permits for areas off the coast. Fisherman’s Energy wants to work in a large stretch within 10 miles of the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge – an area opposed by local conservationists – and two smaller stretches farther out, . . . Complete story »

April 23, 2016 • North Carolina, South CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Carolinas offshore shake-up

The US has shifted strategy for leasing offshore wind tracts along the coast of North Carolina, where more than 300,000 acres have been identified for development. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has moved two of three proposed wind energy areas into the South Carolina leasing process, the agency said in a task force meeting on 19 April. The 51,600-acre Wilmington West and 133,600-acre Wilmington East tracts border the much larger 628,000-acre Grand Strand lease area in South Carolina and . . . Complete story »

January 9, 2016 • North Carolina, South CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

NOAA, BOEM weigh local ‘attitudes’ on turbine farms

Federal agencies plan to survey residents of North Carolina and South Carolina on their support of proposed wind farm development off their coasts. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will use the survey’s results in evaluating commercial leases across more than 300,000 acres of federal waters. North Carolina’s outer continental shelf is the latest area that the Interior Department has eyed for commercial wind development (Greenwire, Sept. 17, 2015). BOEM and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will work together . . . Complete story »

January 8, 2016 • South CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

South Carolina utilities, wind developers show no interest in offshore wind development

Dive Brief: South Carolina Electric and Gas and Duke Energy Carolinas, the state’s investor-owned electricity providers, have announced they will not pursue the offshore wind development opportunity recently opened in federal Atlantic Ocean waters by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). Santee Cooper, the public power company that is South Carolina’s third biggest electricity provider, will consider contracting for competitively priced wind-generated electricity from independent power producers (IPPs) who develop in the four ocean tracts offered for exploratory lease bids by the . . . Complete story »

January 7, 2016 • South CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind energy hearing draws support for alternative energy, wildlife concerns

Developing wind energy offshore South Carolina’s coast will be a long and complicated project that could take as long as a decade, but if no private investors come forward to pay for the effort the entire process would be dead in the water. That’s according to Brian Krevor, environmental protection specialist for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Krevor and nearly a dozen federal employees participated in a hearing Wednesday night in Murrells Inlet to explain to Grand Strand residents . . . Complete story »

January 7, 2016 • South CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind turbine decision could come soon

Whether wind turbines will be placed offshore to generate electricity anytime soon could be decided in less than a month. Developers have until Jan. 25 to express an interest in any part or all of four huge areas at least 6 miles out. If not, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will suspend its effort to lease the waters, said Brain Krevor, BOEM environmental protection specialist. So far, none has. That’s not so unusual, said BOEM project coordinator Jeffrey . . . Complete story »

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