Commissioners amended zoning text Dec. 5, less than a week after a California-based solar company filed a lawsuit against the county for turning down its request for a permit.
The recently announced draft offshore wind energy areas, including two off the northern North Carolina coast, may be scaled back before being finalized early next year.
President Biden signed the bill Tuesday, promising millions of new good-paying, clean energy jobs and repealing the previous administration’s 10-year pause on wind energy leasing off the East Coast.
Construction of wind turbines off the North Carolina coast could affect birds and marine life, and while scientists and others seek more information on the extent of those effects, those who spoke during a forum last week in Wilmington said climate change is likely a greater threat.
But the recent 6-3 decision limiting EPA authority to address climate change has broader national implications that will affect the Tar Heel State, environmental law experts say.
Various coastal North Carolina nonprofits are organizing Hands Across the Sand events Saturday as part of the national movement to raise awareness of clean energy alternatives.
Offshore wind manufacturing could bring an estimated $140 billion and tens of thousands of new jobs to North Carolina by 2035, if steps are taken now, say those who spoke during the first meeting last week of a state Commerce Department task force.
Brunswick County officials, residents and interest groups who were initially wary of offshore wind development here said visual representations of turbines presented last week in Southport did little to change their minds.
Officials along North Carolina’s southern coast say the federal government has yet to address their concerns over the distance of proposed offshore wind turbines.
The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners is expected Monday to consider a resolution opposing offshore wind turbines less than 24 miles from shore, taking its cue from oceanfront towns.
Investing in solar power along with energy storage capacity can overcome challenges that skeptics cite as renewable energy’s limitations in meeting demand.
CPI will shut down its polluting power plant near Southport by March 31, 2021, according to a draft agreement between the company and DEQ’s Division of Air Quality.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has confirmed that the Trump administration’s 10-year moratorium on offshore energy leasing includes renewable energy.
While the president has yet to confirm Sen. Tillis’ announcement that North Carolina had been added to a moratorium on offshore drilling, permits for seismic exploration appear to be moving forward.
An economy powered by renewable-based, more secure grid will be more resilient and provide new economic opportunity, according to a group of clean energy entrepreneurs.
Environmental advocates say the 10th anniversary of the the largest oil disaster in U.S. history serves as a warning against the Trump administration’s push to drill off the East Coast, but industry folks say safety has improved.