Tag Archives: North Carolina

North Carolina legislature fixes a wind farm problem that doesn’t exist

Acting against the interest of North Carolina job-seekers and businesses, last week state legislators placed a moratorium on new wind farm permits through 2018. The last-minute amendment to H 589, a wide ranging energy bill, will stop North Carolina from harvesting more homegrown wind power. The bill now awaits a final decision from North Carolina … Continue reading North Carolina legislature fixes a wind farm problem that doesn’t exist

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America’s Wind Energy Boom May Finally Be Coming to the Southeast

Local support flies in the face of Republican opposition, and some long-resistant states like North Carolina are now poised to join the country’s wind power surge. On a breezy day in late January, Katharine Kollins, the president of the Southeastern Wind Coalition, walked 13 North Carolina legislators across fields of farmland outside Elizabeth City, N.C. … Continue reading America’s Wind Energy Boom May Finally Be Coming to the Southeast

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Offshore wind: Big moves in North Carolina

After recent offshore wind developments in Rhode Island and New York, the latest news comes out of North Carolina: Avangrid Renewables has won a Department of Interior auction to develop a project off the state’s coast. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke praised the results: The success of this lease sale reflects the continued interest of coastal … Continue reading Offshore wind: Big moves in North Carolina

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Iberdrola wins bid to build offshore wind farm near North Carolina

The U.S.-based subsidiary of a Spanish utility company has offered $9 million in a bid to develop an offshore wind farm off the coast of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will lease 122,405 acres offshore North Carolina to Avangrid Renewables, for development of a wind energy facility off Kitty Hawk.   The … Continue reading Iberdrola wins bid to build offshore wind farm near North Carolina

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North Carolina’s first wind farm starts operations

The Amazon Wind Farm US East, powered by Avangrid Renewables at Desert Wind, in North Carolina has started operations. The facility reached full commercial operation this month and began delivering power in December 2016. It features 104 modern wind turbines that will produce 208MW of energy, enough to power the equivalent of approximately 61,000 US homes … Continue reading North Carolina’s first wind farm starts operations

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Business leaders speak out against threat to renewable and energy efficiency policies in North Carolina

North Carolina has built a strong foundation of clean energy policies that date back almost 10 years, but they’ve been under attack during this year’s legislative session. Things came to a head with a controversial vote regarding the state’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS) that was taken right before the Memorial Day … Continue reading Business leaders speak out against threat to renewable and energy efficiency policies in North Carolina

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Amazon calls for extension of wind energy tax incentives

In making the announcement that it would buy power from the first wind farm in North Carolina, Amazon called for the extension of renewable energy tax incentives that are currently moving through Congress. Yesterday, Congress also took a step in the right direction when the U.S. Senate Finance Committee voted 23-3 to extend the primary federal … Continue reading Amazon calls for extension of wind energy tax incentives

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Gamesa secures 208 MW wind power order from Iberdrola Renewables for one wind farm in the United States

Gamesa will install 104 of its G114-2.0 MW wind turbines at the Amazon Wind Farm US East, located in North Carolina. Global wind energy leader Gamesa today announced that Iberdrola Renewables has placed a firm order for Gamesa to supply 208 MW for one wind farm in the United States. This is one of the … Continue reading Gamesa secures 208 MW wind power order from Iberdrola Renewables for one wind farm in the United States

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Groundbreaking at North Carolina’s First Wind Farm with 150 Wind Turbines

Gov. Pat McCrory, Policymakers Visit Amazon Wind Farm US East, Powered by Iberdrola Renewables at Desert Wind. For the first time, wind power is lifting off in North Carolina. Gov. Pat McCrory joined business and community leaders in Elizabeth City today to break ground on North Carolina’s first industrial-scale wind power project. Spanning farm fields … Continue reading Groundbreaking at North Carolina’s First Wind Farm with 150 Wind Turbines

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Iberdrola to build Amazon’s 208 MW wind farm in US

Iberdrola Renewables has been selected by Amazon Web Services (AWS) to build and operate a 208MW wind farm in the US. The project called, Amazon Wind Farm US East, will be built in Perquimans and Pasquotank counties. It is expected to start operation in December 2016.   Upon completion, the wind farm is estimated to … Continue reading Iberdrola to build Amazon’s 208 MW wind farm in US

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North Carolina wind farm would be first in US South

Fields in rural North Carolina are becoming an alternative energy hub as investors break ground on the South’s first big wind farm.   Political and business leaders will mark the start of construction on the industrial-scale wind power project near Elizabeth City on Tuesday. The $600 million effort is being built by Iberdrola Renewables, which is … Continue reading North Carolina wind farm would be first in US South

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Wind power coming to the Southeast – and a new wind farm proves it

A newsbreak from the Associated Press broadcasted the good news across the country: soon North Carolina will have its first commercial-scale wind farm. At 208 megawatts – or enough electricity to power over 60,000 homes – it is far larger than any other wind energy project in the Southeast, where 9 states currently have no … Continue reading Wind power coming to the Southeast – and a new wind farm proves it

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Wind power in North Carolina: South getting its first big wind farm

On a vast tract of old North Carolina farmland, crews are getting ready to build something the South has never seen: a commercial-scale wind energy farm. The $600 million project by Spanish developer Iberdrola Renewables LLC will put 102 wind turbines on 22,000 acres near the coastal community of Elizabeth City, with plans to add … Continue reading Wind power in North Carolina: South getting its first big wind farm

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North Carolina is in danger of going backwards on renewable energy

Late Wednesday night, the North Carolina House of Representatives amended House Bill 760 to weaken renewable energy requirements in North Carolina.The amendment freezes the renewable energy portfolio standard in 2015 which will make it almost impossible for utility-scale renewable projects to be built in North Carolina. This puts the development of wind projects in North … Continue reading North Carolina is in danger of going backwards on renewable energy

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Duke Energy Expands Solar Energy Use

Duke Energy today announced a $500 million commitment to a major expansion of solar power in North Carolina. This culminates the company’s request for proposals (RFP) issued in February 2014 for new solar capacity. It will help Duke Energy further its commitment to renewable energy, diversify its energy portfolio and meet North Carolina’s Renewable Energy … Continue reading Duke Energy Expands Solar Energy Use

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North Carolina coast considered for offshore wind energy

The federal U.S. government said it outlined three areas off the coast of North Carolina as potential sites for commercial wind energy development. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said more than 307,000 acres off the coast could be developed for wind energy. So far, the agency has awarded five commercial wind energy leases for … Continue reading North Carolina coast considered for offshore wind energy

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Independent grid operator study confirms wind power’s economic, environmental value

New research released by an independent grid operator confirms that wind energy is drastically decreasing both the price of electricity and emissions of harmful pollutants. The study was led by PJM, the independent grid operator for all or parts of 13 Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes states (Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North … Continue reading Independent grid operator study confirms wind power’s economic, environmental value

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North Carolina voters support onshore and offshore wind energy

North Carolina voters strongly support the increased use of clean energy sources like wind energy and solar power, according to poll results released by the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA). The poll found that 82.6% of respondents – including 89% of Democrats, 81.6% of Independents and 75.7% of Republicans – said state leaders and … Continue reading North Carolina voters support onshore and offshore wind energy

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North Carolina Gov. backs wind energy

Gov. Pat McCrory has officially gone on record supporting the U.S. Department of Interior’s efforts to create offshore wind energy sites in North Carolina. Meanwhile, federal authorities have extended the time people have to comment on proposed leases for offshore wind energy along the North Carolina coast. The governor sent a letter to the Bureau … Continue reading North Carolina Gov. backs wind energy

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Gov. McCrory embraces offshore wind energy in North Carolina

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory asserted his political independence on energy policy this week by throwing his support behind developing wind power in North Carolina. McCrory notified the feds that he endorses the Obama Administration’s efforts to develop offshore wind power. The newly installed governor is making his pro-wind overture at a time that his Republican … Continue reading Gov. McCrory embraces offshore wind energy in North Carolina

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