Commissioners To Discuss Windmill Farm

An idea to build a windmill farm in Carteret County is stirring up residents there.

Since there are no windmills in the county, a public forum will be held to discuss the idea with county commissioners to see wether they should be allowed.

Raleigh resident Nelson Paull went before the North Carolina Utilities Commission Tuesday in an effort to get a permit authorizing construction of three windmills near the community of Bettie. Today we talked with an electric company, to see if the windmills would be a good source of alternative energy.

Bill Ward with Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative says, "Wind power is a clean source of energy, the negative is you can't predict when its gonna blow."

The Carteret County commissioners will meet at 9:30 A.M. at the commissioners board room in Beaufort to talk about the windmill idea.

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  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Feb 6, 2008 at 03:13 AM
    Green and clean power is great for the future. There seldom seems to be a shortage of wind along coastal areas. Personally I see some people wearing bathing suits on the beach who are an eyesore!
  • by Robert Location: Hubert on Feb 5, 2008 at 10:59 PM
    So, some Carteret County residents plan to stop not only the commercial installation of wind power generators near Bette NC, but to ban all wind power generation in the entire county because “It’s an Eye Sore” and they hear tell that they are noisy. I feel that power lines strung above ground on utility poles is also an eye sore. Also power lines running above ground to homes and businesses is an Eyesore. Those power sub-stations that dot the landscape, they are eyesores too. Let’s not forget thousands of billboards all along the highways, silently blasting advertisements 24 hr. a day. Now that’s an eye sore! And how about those small signs that people put along the road advertising anything from yard sales to political candidates? Those are definitely eye sores! There was a beautiful field near where I live that used to grow crops. A beautifully natural brand of roadside scenery. Not anymore! It’s now paved roads complete with power lines, drainage ditches and 2 st
  • by David Location: Manteo on Feb 5, 2008 at 08:55 PM
    I dont see anything wrong with them. I have seen them here in Dare County and they dont bother me one bit to look at them. In fact, I think it is a great way in the long run to save money and lower the cost of energy. If I could, I would have a few in my yard to assist with my electric bill. I am now considering investing in a wind turbine to place behind my house to help me save money. We have alot of winds here on the Outer Banks, we should have the right to take advantage of it and use it to our advantage. These people who are against windmills and wind turbines are the ones who do not have to worry about their cost of living. They are more concerned about the looks than they are about saving money. This is 2008, they really need to get over themselves and realize the cost of living is going through the roof. We who are not so fortunate, need all the help we can get to help pay our bills. Windmills are the best solution at this point in time.

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