North Carolina anti-wind bill would freeze development, devastate industry, say critics

North Carolina's beleaguered wind industry is heading for collapse should S.B. 377 become law.

A similar moratorium was put in place under former Maine Gov. Paul LePage, R, and though it was lifted a year later, renewable energy advocates said development in the state was noticeably stalled. North Carolina would be the first state legislature to impose such a ban.

"North Carolina would cease to have a wind industry, if the bill passed as is," Kollins said. 

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Comment by Stephen Littlefield on June 19, 2019 at 8:19am

Why would North Carolina want wind power in the first place? They are part of the TVA Tennessee Valley Authority one of the largest hydro systems east of the Mississippi! They have said the south will rise again and this shows that they are smarter than the communists that control the north! With all the intellectually challenged that slobber over wind power Maine will be a wasteland of ugly windmills on destroyed mountains with more wild lands laid waste to than ten CMP corridors! But Mills and her band of communists will shove it down our collective throats! 

Comment by Willem Post on June 17, 2019 at 7:54pm

About time.

NC has lousy winds anyway.

What were these pro wind folks phantasizing about? 

Forget about all those subsidies.

They are not worth ruining pristine ridge lines.

Also solar is not that great either, because it often is overcast, I.e., low capacity factors, just as New England.

Comment by Penny Gray on June 17, 2019 at 7:06pm

Good.  Did it pass, or didn't it?

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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