In the latest chapter in a years-long controversy, the North Carolina General Assembly has moved a step closer to a controversial suite of maps that could determine the future of wind energy in the state.
Despite support from the governor, advocates say that in the face of a hostile state Senate, the fate of North Carolina’s wind industry after January 2019 is far from certain.
In a state where options have been limited for businesses looking to procure or install renewable energy to power their operations, North Carolina’s lawmakers have an opportunity to drive new investment in the state. Since September 2016, various energy stakeholders have worked together to further advance clean energy in North Carolina. The resulting energy stakeholder proposal (House Bill 589) originally put forward and passed by the House in early June represented a step forward for solar, placing North Carolina on a path to achieve at least 6,800 MW of installed solar by 2022. However, the last-minute addition of an unnecessary 18-month moratorium for new wind energy project permits by the North Carolina Senate casts a shadow over a bipartisan effort to continue North Carolina’s history of leadership in clean energy investment and innovation. House Bill 589, “Competitive Energy Solutions for North Carolina,” is currently awaiting action by Governor Roy Cooper, who has until July 30 to sign, veto or allow the legislation to become law without his signature.
No new wind farms would be allowed in North Carolina until at least 2021, according to a provision tucked into budget legislation by Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown (R-Onslow) and approved last week by the GOP-led state Senate.
As community solar arrays become more popular around the country, a Florida entrepreneur has created a company to apply a similar model to wind projects.
Three North Carolina Republicans are sponsoring a bill to streamline wind energy development, challenging an effort by others in their party to impose further restrictions.
Unless North Carolina enacts aggressive renewable energy goals like those in other Atlantic Coast states, experts say the state’s first offshore wind farm is still a decade or more away.
One of the lawmakers who recently called on the Trump administration to shut down a North Carolina wind farm appears to have softened his stance after touring the facility.
A national energy marketer offering electricity and natural gas in 10 states and the District of Columbia is trying to pry open monopoly service territory of Dominion Virginia Power.
In his final days in office, President Obama has both rejected Atlantic Ocean seismic testing – a precursor to drilling – and scheduled lease sales for what could become the Carolinas’ first offshore wind farm, 24 miles from the coast of the Outer Banks.