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Forum to highlight NC's wind power potential

Posted April 18, 2012

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— Leaders of the wind power industry in North Carolina will meet Wednesday evening at a forum at Meredith College to discuss the future of offshore wind development and how it could impact the state's energy future. 

Marcilynn Burke, assistant secretary at the Department of the Interior, will be making opening remarks at the Offshore Wind Forum, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Kresge Auditorium, in the Cate Center.

Burke oversees the Bureau of Ocean Eenrgy Management, which has jurisdiction over offshore wind development in federal waters. 

The first lease blocks off North Carolina's coast could become available as early as 2013.

Recent studies by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that North Carolina has the best offshore wind resources of any state on the East Coast. 

"Offshore wind can be a tremendous domestic energy resource for North Carolina,” said Will Morgan, Director of Government Relations for the NC Sierra Club, in a statement. “Our state can put thousands of people to work and help lessen our dependence on dirty forms of energy like coal by looking at the long term solution that offshore wind provides.”

In March, Ming Yang Wind Power announced that it will be opening a research and development facility in Raleigh.

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  • Ex-Republican Apr 19, 2012

    "Forum to highlight NC's wind power potential"

    If wind power was really a replacement enery there would be no forum, because the infrastructure would already be in place and coal fired plants would already be shut down. This is a nice fantasy, but unfortunately, that's all it is.

  • delta29alpha Apr 19, 2012

    I have no problem in principal with the idea as long as they turbines can't be seen from shore and they are arranged in such a manner that they are not a navigation hazard. Like has been said. there are still a lot of unknowns to be worked out and investors are taking a huge risk. Usually towers and such will actually increase the presence of fish. however these particular towers will be causing constant vibration to the water and sea floor around them will that affect the marine habitat environment? How about any magnetic fields around the supply cables. will the cables have to be buried to prevent fishing trawlers from snagging their nets on them. A lot of things to think about. Also we shouldn't lease to foreign companies.

  • piene2 Apr 19, 2012

    "piene2 - NIMBY means Not in My BackYard. It describes people who are for a proposal, so long as it isn't built near them.

    Wind is a feasible source of power off our coast, though there are still challenges. The biggest of which, as Crumps has alluded to, is the perceived cost to the tourism industry as these turbines "pollute" the pristine view of the ocean. Another major issue is backup power - which must be quick to come on-line when the winds diminish. Fossil fuels are still the only viable option there until batteries make a quantum leap forward.
    SaveEnergyMan"

    Thank you though I do not understand why people are so lazy that they can not type whole words instead of contently using abbreviations.

    What the naysayers do not/refuse to understand about alternate energy production is that the industry is in it's infancy and still learning and perfecting. No new technology springs full blown into existence.

  • orangemoonlite Apr 18, 2012

    @SaveEnergyMan...I don't know a lot about this project, so...how close offshore are they talking here that it would diminish the view? Also, what about saving the excess energy created when the Nor'Easters come in and during "tropical weather" season? Having lived in the OBX for a few years, I cannot remember a time when the winds diminished.

  • mep Apr 18, 2012

    So how much will THIS cost the taxpayers? As we have seen time and time again, "green energy" does not come cheap to taxpayers. Even in Washington State, taxpayers pay out millions each year to keep wind farms closed due to a glut of available power.... how stupid is THAT? Then the cost of environmental impact studies, anti-collision and warning systems, Federal subsidizing of the equipment purchases, Federal, State and local tax credits for the builders... the list seems endless. The electricity... not so much.

  • SaveEnergyMan Apr 18, 2012

    piene2 - NIMBY means Not in My BackYard. It describes people who are for a proposal, so long as it isn't built near them.

    Wind is a feasible source of power off our coast, though there are still challenges. The biggest of which, as Crumps has alluded to, is the perceived cost to the tourism industry as these turbines "pollute" the pristine view of the ocean. Another major issue is backup power - which must be quick to come on-line when the winds diminish. Fossil fuels are still the only viable option there until batteries make a quantum leap forward.

  • Luv2Camp Apr 18, 2012

    The Sierra Club says that wind power can "put thousands of people to work...." Perhaps they should note that a major international solar company just laid off 2000 folks yesterday. Also, remember Solyndra???? With natural gas so cheap, these intermittent sources of energy are not as economical as many think.

  • mswayze Apr 18, 2012

    I think offshore is ideal-wind or waves- using the laddermill principle underwater or above water would be less obtrusive and from what I understand of it-more efficient/cheaper

  • piene2 Apr 18, 2012

    "This is all well and good until the NIMBYer's come out. The Kennedys have been keeping wind power off their beloved North eastern coastline for years
    Crumps Br0ther"

    I have no idea what NIBYer's are but it or they must be some fabulously long word combination if it is too much trouble to simply type whatever it/they is/are.

    Aside from that, our main priority must be to work on sources of clean alternate energy.

  • Crumps Br0ther Apr 18, 2012

    This is all well and good until the NIMBYer's come out. The Kennedys have been keeping wind power off their beloved North eastern coastline for years