Duke Energy, UNC Sign Wind Turbine Contract For Pamlico Sound

Duke Energy and the University of North Carolina say they have signed a contract to place wind turbines in the Pamlico Sound.

The Charlotte Observer reported on its Web site Tuesday that Duke and UNC said they have signed a contract to place one to three wind turbines in the sound. The move could be the first step toward utility-scale wind farms on the North Carolina coast.

Duke Energy spokesman Tim Pettit says the Charlotte-based utility will pay for its turbines and their installations, which likely will cost tens of millions of dollars. UNC will do research on their performance, ecological impacts and other aspects.


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  • by i'm 24 Location: washington on Oct 13, 2009 at 06:51 AM
    Windmills are they serious!! In the Pamlico Sound? That's nuts. I'm not up to the noise or being a spot on the radar. I grew up on the sound. I know people who crab. It's their life! Windmills go up, people loose their jobs. It's hard enought that one person can pull over 250 pots and have less than half a bushel of crabs. that's like -50- if you add the gas and the man power. This is plain stupid. drill oil, lower insurance and get the SOB out of office!!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Oct 7, 2009 at 05:48 AM
    Purebread, you are the only one posting that has any knowledge of this technology. As I posted on the other story where Bev was having a "panel look into it", they made the decision to do it anyway. Well, here are the facts based on other states like Ca that already use them. They are noisy and can drive you insane at night, they have to be close enough to the grid to do any good due to line loss, they break down an are expensive to repair. Now, how would I know this? Homework! The same that the state could have done with states that already use them. Palm Springs Ca, where protesters want them shut down. There are hundreds there and the noise is painfull if you live near them. Its an unending, constant whine. Before you buy into this, think of one thing no one is saying anything about, will it drive fish away from the noise? Does anyone here think that fish are not effected by noise? Sorry Cactus, this is another state scam to prevent drilling.
  • by Mel on Oct 6, 2009 at 08:02 PM
    They will put up 3-4 and wait a year and crunch data to prove that they will be worth their while..then build them by the hundreds. I'm looking forward to moving back home and building them. $$$ plus get to see the fam every night.
  • by PUREBREAD on Oct 6, 2009 at 06:25 PM
    TUG in Other words THEY ARE OBSOLETE!
  • by tug Location: New Bern on Oct 6, 2009 at 05:31 PM
    The sound is a big place, where are they going to put them. Once windmills are down, they are cheap electricity. I work in the energy field so I know what stuff costs. They are not the cure all but part of the process. The big drawback with windmills is they do not produce a lot of power, Three will be minuscule, but wind is free and upkeep is minimal even on the water.
  • by PUREBREAD on Oct 6, 2009 at 04:30 PM
    Can everybody say BARAK HUSSEIN OBAMA MMM MMM MMM!And CACTUS In your eyes we should not even drill to get well water.So I quess we will have to get all our water from you . A CACTUS!
  • by Buzz- Location: Close enuf to hear 'um on Oct 6, 2009 at 04:15 PM
    Yup, some group of people are going to be rollin' in the dough! but it wont be any of us, we'll be payin' through the teeth for this (already failed project). Windmills in the pamlico and the GTP, proud moments of NC gov. history!!!!Windmills are only about 30 percent efecient. Can you imagine the maintenance and upkeep for these units setting out in the sound. Buzz-
  • by Anonymous on Oct 6, 2009 at 04:11 PM
    And the freaks come out at night.
  • by Chris Location: Charlotte on Oct 6, 2009 at 04:06 PM
    If you don't know Duke is a leader in Green Energy, you should know that we are the 4th largest energy company in the country. Also if you don't know anything about how we work. Here is a quick run-down #1 We do what ever we want. #2 We have a lot of money. #3 We have a whole lot of money. #4 We do what we want. #5 We don't car what you think.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Oct 6, 2009 at 04:02 PM
    The least we can do is provide testing to prove or disprove the use of wind turbines. We can not continue the same as we are now, changes must be made, drilling for oil or gas is not the answer. As far as fishing is concerned it should be great around the support platform as it is with the Gulf coast oil platforms. Ducks may be a different matter however. We know that we can heat and cool our homes with electricity, we also have the knowledge to build electric cars, we just need to improve some of the technology. Raising corn to produce an alternative fuel for autos is using up a main food source. I think there will always be a demand for fossil fuel, but we need to reduce the demand. When was the last fuel refinery built? I don't know the years, but it has been a long time. How many of you would like a refinery in your community? One of our problems is we no longer do any manufacturing to amount to any thing, we need to stop out sourcing manufacturing and provide jobs at home.
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