Articles from North Carolina
Amazon’s latest wind farm in coastal North Carolina has completed construction and is weeks from beginning operations—and state legislators have just asked the incoming Trump administration to shut it down.
A group of North Carolina legislators want to see a recently opened wind farm in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties shut down over what they say is interference with military radar.
The legislators said they worry that the 300-foot-tall wind turbine towers with blades nearly 200 feet long will interfere with a long-distance Navy radar installation in nearby Chesapeake, Virginia. The radar system scans hundreds of miles into the Atlantic and Caribbean for ships and planes.
A Chowan County couple opposed to Apex Clean Energy’s proposed Timbermill wind turbine project in the county have filed a petition in Superior Court asking that the firm’s conditional use permit for the project be revoked.
On Wednesday, both sides took their case to the Perquimans County Superior Court. Apex is asking the court to rule that Perquimans commissioners’ decision was not legal. Perquimans commissioners took four votes in November determining that the Timbermill project passed four separate conditions. But because three of the five commissioners had cast at least one vote against Timbermill in the four voting rounds, the commission decided to deny the permit application.
“We are disappointed that Apex cannot accept the decision of our county commissioners on behalf of the residents of Perquimans County,” Winslow said. “In an abundance of caution and in order to preserve additional and alternative grounds for denying the permit, we will be filing a cross petition later today.”
A few miles south of the sprawling, 104-turbine Amazon wind farm, another utility-scale project is moving forward – despite being denied a critical permit in November.
Perquimans County commissioners have rejected a proposed $300 million wind farm, voting 3-2 Monday night to deny the project a conditional use permit. A majority of the board’s five members favored the project, but three individually had problems with at least some aspect of Apex Clean Energy’s Timbermill Wind proposal.
A proposal to build the nation’s tallest wind energy turbines in Eastern North Carolina is on hold after Perquimans County commissioners denied a local permit to the project developer, Apex Clean Energy. ...The project faced particularly strong opposition in Perquimans County, where 54 of the proposed 57 turbines were to be built on timber land owned by Weyerehaeuser Corp.
“There is a place for this project, but from a noise level it’s not here,” Johnson said. “There is too much at risk. They (Apex) need to be sent back … on the noise side.” Essick said Apex has not presented proof that property values won’t be hurt.
During four days of hearings before the Chowan County Board of Commissioners, Apex presented testimony on topics such as health, sound and property values. The opposition offered testimony from its own witnesses, including two who spoke about the project's potential impact on soil and water resources.
The Perquimans County Commission rejected two appeals to cut short the review of the Apex Clean Energy wind power project because Apex didn’t submit a complete application and failed to meet the burden of proving the project was safe.
In interviews last week at the Edenton Coffee House and at the family home – a wooden structure built around 1770 and known as Paradise Plantatation – Flynn expressed concern about the effects that sound from the nearby wind turbine could have on his and his family's health.
The county commission will be required to affirm the project will no[t] (A) materially endanger the public heath and safety, (B) the projects meets the required conditions and specifications, (C) that is will not substantially injure the value of adjoining or abutting property or that the use is a public necessity and (D) the location and character of the use is in harmony with the area and is in general conformity with the county land use plan.
The fuel source for wind energy may be free, but everything needed to produce electricity costs Americans money, time and will affect the health of those living closest to the turbine sites.
Opposition to wind farms has intensified around the country in recent years as the skyscraping towers encroach on residential areas and turbine designs get bigger and taller and ever more powerful. Some who live near these energy farms in other states are complaining of headaches, dizziness, sleep disruption and general annoyance caused by whooshing blades, flickering shadows and strobing hazard lights.
But some lawmakers in eastern North Carolina still aren’t sold on the concept, citing health and safety concerns, especially for military pilots. They failed to pass legislation on the matter in the General Assembly this year, but eight legislators vowed to continue the fight in 2017.
North Carolina’s renewable energy mandate will cause a spike in electric bills and the loss of more than 43,000 jobs by the end of the decade, a new study contends.
As turbines start to dot farmland near Elizabeth City, part of the in-progress Amazon Wind Farm, the Apex project to the south, dubbed Timbermill Wind, is nearing the public hearing phase.
This year’s bill, The Military Operations Protection Act, was pitched by the senator as a way to make sure projects aren’t built that are incompatible with military flight paths. But critics have called it an attack on wind energy since it eliminates much of the state, including major portions of Eastern North Carolina, as potential sites for wind energy projects.