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Commissioners will consider extending solar farm moratorium

At their meeting on Sept. 21, commissioners expressed their intent to extend the moratorium for another six month period since the current one is set to expire on Oct. 6. This would mark the second time that the moratorium has been extended. Commissioners want to extend the moratorium again to give county staff members more time to iron out the details of a new county policy on large solar farms.
4 Oct 2020

Senate again pushes wind halt

The moratorium would be a major setback for wind projects in northeastern North Carolina, including Apex Clean Energy's proposed Timbermill project in Perquimans and Chowan and the Little Alligator wind farm in Tyrrell County. The moratorium would allow the Amazon Wind Farm US East in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties to continue to operate, however.
2 Jul 2017

Order denying permit for APEX Timbermill Wind proposal

Timbermill_order_thumb In a 3-2 vote, the Perquimans County Board denied an application by Apex Clean Energy to erect the Timbermill wind energy facility. Timbermill, if approved, would have sited 57 turbines, each standing 599-feet tall. The order detailing the decision can be accessed by selecting the document icon on this page. The Conclusion of the order provided below.
22 Nov 2016

Timbermill Wind farm, to be nation’s tallest, denied permit in Eastern NC

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. 
15 Nov 2016

Wind decision expected Nov. 14

“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.
26 Oct 2016

Panel recommends tighter rules on wind power

The Perquimans County Planning Board is recommending tighter restrictions on wind power facilities, but not the one-mile setbacks that some opponents want. The recommendation would require a half-mile setback from any residence. The setbacks from property lines and roads would remain as they are — two and half times the height of the wind turbine.
16 Dec 2015

Changes make wind plans unlikely

“I support these amendments, knowing full well they are contentious to anybody who would be interested in coming here to establish a wind farm, because the citizens of the county have asked for this. This is what they’ve demanded,” said Commissioner Elaine Crittenton.
28 Feb 2014

Newport tightens turbine ordinance

Newer, tighter restrictions have been put in place for wind energy facilities proposed for in town or its zoning jurisdiction. The council unanimously approved Monday at a special joint meeting of the council and planning board a set of amendments to the town’s tall structures ordinance.
19 Feb 2014

Newport looks to take action on ordinance

One of the biggest items of discussion Thursday was the inclusion of a property value guarantee, a regulation that would require the developers of a wind energy facility to reimburse neighboring property owners if their property values were negatively impacted by the facility. Such a guarantee exists in the current version of the tall structures ordinance, which was adopted in November 2013, but the town planning board’s recommended amendments include removing the guarantee.
16 Feb 2014

Torch Energy abandons wind-solar proposal

Torch Renewable Energy LLC, the Houston-based alternative energy giant, announced Friday it will abandon plans to develop a hybrid wind and solar facility near Mill Pond outside Newport. “In light of the unlikely prospect of acquiring a variance from the county’s current tall structures ordinance, we have decided not to move forward with the project,” Torch Energy's vice president of development Rocky Ray said in a prepared release.
31 Jan 2014

Joint session Monday on turbine rules

Commissioners requested the meeting in November to consider amendments to the county’s tall structure ordinance amid public outcry over a proposed wind farm in Newport. The tall structures ordinance, originally drafted by county planning in 2008, was one of the first of its kind in the state and spells out regulations for permits on turbines and cell towers.
6 Jan 2014

County focuses on tall-structures rules after enacting moratorium

Now that a temporary ban on the issuance of permits for wind-energy facilities is in place, the work of Carteret County leaders is just beginning. The Carteret County Board of Commissioners adopted an ordinance that imposes a 60-day moratorium on building permits for wind-energy generation to give the board time to review the county’s regulations for wind turbines and other tall structures.
4 Jan 2014
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