Beaufort County Wind Turbine Farm Gets The OK From The State

State officials Thursday approved building a 49-turbine wind farm in Beaufort County amid concern over migratory birds at nearby Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.

The approval from the N.C. Utilities Commission doesn't mean the plan can go forward though. It still needs state and federal environmental permits.

The utilities commission simply said it had no legal authority to deny approval.

Chicago-based Invenergy wants to build 500 foot tall turbines over 11,000 acres. The blades could spin 100 miles per hour.

Environmentalists want more research on potential impacts for migratory birds before the project gets the go ahead.

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  • by Scott Location: Kansas City on Mar 13, 2012 at 02:05 PM
    To "Another Scam" Yo sir or madam are spouting tripe. I am not a "Greenie Weenie" but teach Wind Energy. Your post is false and or misleading. Wind Energy is cost comparative to coal energy. To boot it does not spew out mercury. The machines typically run about 20 years.
  • by Jon M. Location: New Bern on Mar 12, 2012 at 03:50 AM
    The public will be split 50/50 on everything proposed in Eastern N.C.
  • by Another Scam on Mar 9, 2012 at 07:37 PM
    Wind power works only if the Govt. gives incentives to build and maintain the wind mills; like the ethanol. If it had to stand on its own no one would make it except for drinking....Only good thing about the windmills is they will not be taking corn out of the food chain and causing the price of food to go up.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2012 at 09:53 AM
    Is this like that ethanol scam that the commissioners tried to get us hooked up in a few years ago? If it is so great, why does not a private investor do it without us having to pay for it and then having to pay for the energy it produces. We will get taken to the cleaners at least twice.
  • by Uncle Sam Location: U.S.A. on Mar 9, 2012 at 09:44 AM
    When you wish upon a star dreams will take you very far,the wind energy scam has been around for decades.Beaufort Co.will spend a large amount of tax payer money both local and federal,then at the most 5 years from now scrap the project.The only ones that will ever see a dime of profit from this scam will be the wind mill makers,and the county politicians.This is just another way to extort money from the few tax payers that are left,P.T.Barnum would be proud.
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      by buoy on Mar 9, 2012 at 05:48 PM in reply to Uncle Sam
      precisely Uncle Sam..just another money laundering is another example of money laundering...Senator’s wife gets phony job at hospital. Senator gets $1,000,000 Grant for hospital. Hospital raises wife’s salary by $250,000 over four years. Wife leaves job after four years. Hospital does away with phony job. Money successfully laundered
  • by Kane on Mar 9, 2012 at 06:42 AM
    Birds aren't stupid. They'll learn to avoid these things.
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      by buoy on Mar 9, 2012 at 07:43 AM in reply to Kane
      I lived on Follet's Island, Texas in the 80s..some braindead bunch put 6 of these powe windmills about 200 feet up.. after two years of those things, the statistics of dead seagulls, pelicans, and sandhill cranes had risen into the hundreds of thousands...those windmills were dismantled in the mid 80s..although the towers were still standing in 2005 when I was last time you get a chance to talk to Congressman Ron Paul, ask him about those towers..they were basically in his backyard about a mile down the road..30 years ago..
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        by Barlow on Mar 9, 2012 at 08:43 AM in reply to buoy
        I lived in Spirit Lake, IA where the windmill powered the elementary school. When I left they were in the process of building another because of the success of the first.
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          by buoy on Mar 9, 2012 at 10:50 AM in reply to Barlow
          that is great to hear, Barlow..was that school in close proximity to a National Wildlife Refuge?
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      by Cat Kicker on Mar 9, 2012 at 09:07 AM in reply to Kane
      You just give me an Idea.Thanks!
  • by Bloke Location: New Bern on Mar 9, 2012 at 06:26 AM
    It is amazing that the same people pushing for clean energy, which is a good thing, are the same people impeding the process because they are worried about birds. You have to make a decision. Either you want clean energy or not.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2012 at 06:13 AM
    what about the olf . the county got gov, money ,what that tell you .
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Mar 9, 2012 at 05:52 AM
    I hope they have an electric motor? We have no wind after May in the humid heat of the summer. Unless we have a thunder storm. The winds do not return till the Fall about October! I think Obama should let us drill for 'Oil'? Why Not? Obama wants to make his Muslin OPEC friends more $$$$$. President Barack Obama's re-election campaign needs rich overseas Muslim donors like in the last election.
  • by Luke Location: NC on Mar 9, 2012 at 05:27 AM
    In December the Obama Administration issued a massive new ban on offshore oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico or off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Now Shell Oil has announced that due to Obama’s radical EPA, they will be forced to stop drilling off the coast of Alaska. A village of 250 people 70 miles away may be harmed by emissions Shell Oil Company has announced it must scrap efforts to drill for oil this summer in the Arctic Ocean off the northern coast of Alaska. The decision comes following a ruling by the EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board to withhold critical air permits. The move has angered some in Congress and triggered a flurry of legislation aimed at stripping the EPA of its oil drilling oversight. Shell has spent five years and nearly $4 billion dollars on plans to explore for oil in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. The leases alone cost $2.2 billion. Shell Vice President Pete Slaiby says.
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