Company Drops Plans For Wind Project In Carteret County

Torch Renewable Energy out of Texas has decided to no longer pursue the development of its Mill Pond Wind Project in Carteret County.

The project would require a variance from the County's current Tall Structures Ordinance and Torch concluded that it was unlikely to obtain such a variance.

Torch's Vice President of Development, Rocky Ray, said, "From the beginning, Torch has been committed to ensuring that any project it develops is compatible with surrounding military operations. The State of North Carolina and the Department of the Navy have very rigorous processes in place to ensure that no wind farm in any way jeopardizes military activities. We were looking forward to working through those processes to bring renewable energy to the region. However, in light of the unlikely prospect of acquiring a variance from the County's current Tall Structures Ordinance, we have decided not to move forward with the project."

The project proposed 40 500-foot-tall wind turbines and solar panels and had been met by opposition from some residents in Newport.

Republican Congressman Walter Jones had continued to voice his concerns, even as late as Friday, when he talked about possible impacts turbines would have on National Weather Service radars in the area.

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