Articles from North Carolina

New bill seeks to repeal N.C.'s renewable energy mandate

North Carolina's Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard, passed in 2007, is 12.5% by 2021 for investor-owned utilities and 10% by 2018 for electric cooperatives and municipal utilities. The authors of the bill, dubbed the "Affordable and Reliable Energy Act," say the state's RPS is raising energy costs for North Carolina consumers.
14 Mar 2013

Kitty Hawk wants offshore turbines out of sight

The Kitty Hawk Town Council has made a plea to the federal government to keep any offshore wind energy project at least 20 miles off its beaches. The appeal comes on the heels of a federally-led request for proposals by commercial wind developers to lease an area 6 miles off Kitty Hawk’s shores. Two other potential leases involve areas 7 and 13 miles off southern Wilmington.
13 Feb 2013

NC's green energy policies could be rolled back

Republicans hope to roll back the state's green energy policy. It's part of a broader effort to reshape the state's energy landscape to reflect conservative priorities. It will likely dovetail with Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's campaign endorsement of offshore drilling and inland fracking for shale gas as a means of promoting energy independence.
26 Jan 2013

Offshore wind development still faces hurdles

"[Duke Energy] has been committed to supporting research and study of wind energy generation, and we continue to believe there is good wind off the North Carolina coast, but we also recognize that any development in wind off the coast of the state has to make sense for our customers, the coastal communities and the company as a whole."
24 Jan 2013

Proposed Pantego wind farm stalls

The Pantego project's spinning blades pose a potential threat to bald eagles roosting and foraging in Beaufort County, and they would create a collision risk for F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jets making practice runs from nearby Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Invenergy is considering whether to reconfigure the location of the giant turbines or give up on the site altogether and move the project.
12 Jan 2013

Coastal wind projects come under fire

Through spokesmen and position papers, Republican presidential nominee Romney has made clear that he would urge Congress to end a federal tax credit for wind energy that makes the alternative power source economically feasible. But no matter who wins the White House, objections from the military lodged with Gov. Bev Perdue could be enough to kill this wind project and others.
1 Sep 2012

N.C. wind project could kill eagles

Several of America's finest national wildlife refuges - Pocosin Lakes, Alligator River and Lake Mattamuskeet - in concert with local landowners, provide the winter base from which these incredible animals can fly ...Remarkably, if the project moves ahead, the migratory swans, geese, ducks, and raptors may return to their winter Carolina home in a year or two to find 49 spinning turbines, each the height of the Washington Monument.
28 Jun 2012
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