Giant Wind Farm Gets State Utility Approval

The first approval hurdle has been passed to construct a 300-megawatt wind farm here in Eastern Carolina.

The North Carolina Utilities Commission this morning okayed Atlantic Wind, LLC's plan to place 150 turbines on 20,000 acres of land in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties. The company plans to have the facility operating by late next year if the remainder of the approvals are received.

The wind farm would connect to Dominion Power's transmission line in Perquimans County, while the company is in discussions with North Carolina power suppliers for sale of the power. It expects to produce between 750,000 and 950,000 MWh per year, or enough electricity for between 55,000 and 75,000 North Carolina homes.

The same company wants to build another wind farm in Camden and Currituck counties.


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  • by Frank Constanza Location: New York, NY on May 3, 2011 at 04:52 PM
    Just feed everyone chilli. That should produce enough wind to power the entire country.
  • by Electroman Location: ENC on May 3, 2011 at 04:36 PM
    Your electric bill will be the same and the wind will be louder. Wake up America!
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      by Obama Snake Oil co on May 4, 2011 at 06:55 AM in reply to Electroman
      Utility bills will be higher after the federal subsidies go away...noise will be louder though. These things are great for huntin birds...whack...free bird stew...
  • by older lady on May 3, 2011 at 03:42 PM
    They are going to look terrible! just terrible! They're so ugly.
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      by Anonymous on May 3, 2011 at 06:28 PM in reply to older lady
      I have a feeling you are an authority on this subject.
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        by Hilarious on May 3, 2011 at 07:44 PM in reply to
        Now that is the funniest posting I've seen on here in a long time... LOL
  • by ec Location: nash on May 3, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    Economy fails. Now it's dropping like a rock. People don’t know how to take care of themselves. People think that meat is grown at stores. People need to grow there on food and stored food. Prices would sky rocket as the value of our dollar crashes... People would become homeless. Gas price out the door. trucks can’t bring food to stores. Food store will be bare. No people on welfare. Watch your house people . People will be less responsive to laws and more of an every man for themselves approach.
  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2011 at 12:32 PM
    How do you get permission to put some on your own land to produce your own electricity?
  • by OSOC Location: Washington on May 3, 2011 at 11:16 AM
    It won't be lower electric bills, it will be soaring electric bills. Madison Gas & Electric’s reluctance to pay nearly three times the going rate for wind farm electricity could kill an estimated $20 million project planned for Springfield. Sun Prairie-based Wave Wind LLC wants to build a six-turbine wind farm. But the cost of the project means MG&E would have to pay 8 cents per kilowatt-hour for electricity from the farm, said Dionne Lummus, Wave Wind’s business development coordinator. MG&E can buy wind power at a market rate of about 2.9 cents per kilowatt-hour, said MG&E spokesman Steve Kraus. Furthermore, he said, renewable electricity represents about 12 percent of MG&E’s generation, putting the utility well ahead of the state’s 10 percent by 2015 goal. http://dailyreporter.com/blog/2010/04/07/electricity-prices-threaten-wind-farm/
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      by W hat ? on May 3, 2011 at 06:27 PM in reply to OSOC
      Fact: The cost of generating electricity from wind has fallen dramatically over the past few years. Between 1990 and 2002, world wind energy capacity doubled every three years and with every doubling prices fell by 15%. Wind energy is competitive with new coal and new nuclear capacity, even before any environmental costs of fossil fuel and nuclear generation8 are taken into account. The average cost of generating electricity from onshore wind is now around 3-4p per kilowatt hour, competitive with new coal and cheaper than new nuclear. As gas prices increase and wind power costs fall – both of which are very likely – wind becomes even more competitive, so much so that some time after 2011 wind should challenge gas as the lowest cost power source. Furthermore, the wind is a free and widely available fuel source, therefore once the wind farm is in place, there are no fuel or waste related costs.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on May 4, 2011 at 06:53 AM in reply to W hat ?
        Try looking up T Boone Pickens before you post that nonsense for wind power web sites. I posted from a news story of higher utility bills which you ignored. Sorry, the cost of installation, maintenance or return on the investment still isn't there. Also, you didn't factor in the grid that would have to be built....learn about it before you post...please!
  • by jeanne Location: new bern on May 3, 2011 at 10:58 AM
    craven county has lots of land and could use this too. lots of wind, how about it: progress energy.
  • by Jay Location: Hertford on May 3, 2011 at 10:04 AM
    This is GREAT news!! Hopefully electric bills will be lower and I hope albemarle electric can get on board with this and lower there rates as well!
  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2011 at 10:03 AM
    Not s great as it sounds...you still have to maintain conventional power sources for when the wind farm can't produce for whatever reason...so you are just increasing the costs by maintaining an additional plant that may or may not work all the time.
  • by Bubba on May 3, 2011 at 09:59 AM
    Wow... something good happening in the world of energy at last.
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