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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.

A state-by-state look at renewable energy requirements

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have requirements that utilities get a certain amount of their electricity from renewable sources. Nine additional states have goals for renewable energy, while a dozen others have no targets. A state-by-state look at renewable energy policies. ALABAMA No renewable energy standard. ALASKA A bill passed in 2010 sets a goal, but not a requirement, for Alaska to receive half its electricity from renewable and alternative energy sources by 2025. ARIZONA Public utilities must . . . Complete story »

December 11, 2015 • South CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Pawleys Island: Feds set visual buffer for wind turbines

As the federal government moves forward with plans to lease areas off the South Carolina coast for wind turbines, a section off Pawleys Island will be removed from the project so the turbines won’t be visible from the town’s historic district. The Bureau of Offshore Energy Management is soliciting interest from companies that want to buy leases. The deadline is Jan. 25. The bureau will also prepare an environmental assessment of the impact of the leases. It has scheduled a . . . Complete story »

November 25, 2015 • South CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Feds a step closer toward wind farms off South Carolina coast

The day when massive turbines could sprout from wind farms in the waters off South Carolina just got a little bit closer as the federal government issued a call for proposals to potentially lease four areas off the coast. It’s a step that a number of state and local officials, along with environmental and business groups, have been urging for years. The next step is to see if any companies or utilities are interested. “I would love to see us . . . Complete story »

November 24, 2015 • South CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Interior ponders future leasing off South Carolina coast

The Interior Department said it is gauging industry’s interest in developing wind farms off the South Carolina coast. The agency is also beginning a National Environmental Policy Act review to determine whether it is appropriate to lease four areas covering 1,100 square miles off the Palmetto State shores. Both announcements – the call for industry interest and the notice of intentto prepare a NEPA review – are open to 60 days of public comment. “Today’s milestone marks another important step in the . . . Complete story »

November 24, 2015 • South CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Interior Department opens wind energy review for North Myrtle Beach

The U.S. Interior Department announced Monday it will include North Myrtle Beach in new reviews to determine whether wind energy should be developed in federal waters along South Carolina’s coast. “Bring it on, bring them windmills on in here,” said Marc Jordan, president of the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, which along with the North Strand Coastal Wind Team has promoted wind energy development for several years. “We took it from what we thought was a pretty outlandish idea, . . . Complete story »

October 3, 2015 • Letters, South CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Plenty of questions remain about impact of wind turbines off South Carolina coast

I read your editorial in The Sun News on Sept. 27 on offshore wind turbines and would like to offer our viewpoint. First, the Town of Pawleys Island’s Resolution you referred to was passed in November of 2014 and specifically supported the efforts of North Myrtle Beach in its efforts to solicit wind turbines off of its shoreline. We continue to support those efforts. Second, there was a meeting of the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management South Carolina Task . . . Complete story »

September 18, 2015 • South CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Council: No oil rigs or wind turbines

Pawleys Island Town Council unanimously approved a resolution opposing offshore drilling at its monthly meeting on Sept. 14, but they didn’t stop there. Proposed coastal wind turbines were also met with opposition among council members. After attending the Pawleys Island Civic Association meeting on Sept. 5 and hearing from property owners who opposed offshore drilling, Mayor Bill Otis Jr. drafted the resolution and submitted it for council’s approval. Otis called a bill in Congress that would allow drilling 12 miles . . . Complete story »

September 14, 2015 • South CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Plans for construction of turbines for wind energy raises concerns in South Carolina

LITCHFIELD BEACH, S.C. – Developing wind energy off the South Carolina coast is not as simple as putting up a wind turbine and running a power line to shore. Regulators say the impacts of the industry on everything from marine creatures to what the giant turbines would look like from shore must be considered. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has identified almost 1,200 nautical square miles in four tracts off the coast that have the potential to be leased . . . Complete story »

September 10, 2015 • South CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Tracts identified for wind energy leasing off South Carolina

While it will be years before any wind turbines go up offshore, regulators have identified almost 1,200 nautical square miles off the South Carolina coast that have the potential to be leased for the development of wind energy. Officials with the federal Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management told members of the South Carolina Renewable Energy Task Force on Wednesday that they are publishing the maps in the Federal Register as the first step in seeking comment on the proposal. . . . Complete story »

June 12, 2015 • South Carolina, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Rep. Jeff Duncan takes issue with migratory bird protections

The bald eagle and countless other species of birds are protected by a century-old federal law that a South Carolina congressman is trying to alter. Bird conservation groups are horrified. The National Audubon Society, among others, is fighting the appropriations bill amendment proposed by U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C. A Duncan staffer said the amendment is designed to promote wind energy production, aimed at eliminating penalties for accidental bird deaths such as from wind turbine blades. The thing is, the . . . Complete story »

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