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.