Prospects Cool For NC Regulations On Wind Turbines

North Carolina legislators say regulations for large-scale wind farms are facing headwinds of resistance because they would ban the massive turbines from mountaintops.

The regulations for where wind turbines can be built passed the Senate last year by a nearly unanimous margin. This year's General Assembly session starts on Wednesday.

But leaders in the state House committee likely to examine the proposal said Tuesday they don't like a condition demanded by mountain senators that would effectively ban the towers from wind-swept ridges.

Senate Majority Leader Martin Nesbitt is one of the strongest opponents of putting 40-story turbines on mountaintops. The Buncombe County Democrat says the place for industrial-scale windmills is on the state's coast, the Midwest and the Gulf of Mexico.

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  • by Ann Location: Greenville on May 12, 2010 at 11:46 AM
    It is interesting that it's OK to bulldoze our North Carolina mountains for coal power, but windmills are an eyesore? Please visit a windmill. They are quieter than a schoolbus. And do investigate more; I did not observe any birds being killed.
  • by Back Location: Greenville on May 12, 2010 at 10:48 AM
    Seems like I remember reading an article where research on existing wind turbines found that they kill an average of 20,000 birds a year.
  • by Anonymous on May 12, 2010 at 04:20 AM
    This goes to show you the hypocricy of dumpocraps.Dont want them if it is an eye sore for them.But it OK for an eye sore for somebody else.
  • by let 'er blow Location: Greenville on May 12, 2010 at 02:36 AM
    I'm all for wind power anywhere in the state. I am yet to hear about a massive wind spill.
  • by OIl Man on May 11, 2010 at 06:58 PM
    Drill, baby, drill. All Nobama wants is the US to stay dependent on foreign oil and third world countries. When we let China, Vietnam, and other foreigners drill for oil in the Gulf of Mex. We are cutting out own throats.
  • by Anonymous on May 11, 2010 at 04:38 PM
    Can't wait for a Nor'Easter to get a hold of one of those wind turbines. Then we'll see just how much punishment they can stand.

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