Proposed Wind Farm Will Provide Hundreds Of Jobs

The wind farm planned for an area of Camden and Currituck counties will provide an economic boost while under construction next year.

The project would employ 400 people during the construction period, according to the News and Observer. Meanwhile, the turbines would only require 15-20 full-time workers once constructed.

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North Carolina regulators are listening to a proposal to catch the wind coming off the Albemarle Sound in a cluster of up to 150 electricity-generating turbine towers.

The state Utilities Commission holds a public hearing Tuesday about a proposed wind farm near Elizabeth City that could generate enough power for more than 55,000 homes.

The consumer advocates' section of the commission favors the project as a way for electric companies to comply with a state law requiring that one-eighth of their energy come from renewable sources within the next decade.

The Iberdrola Renewables wind farm spread across 20,000 acres in Perquimans and Pasquotank counties would be the largest electricity producer using in-state resources. All fossil fuels burned in other power plants are imported from outside the state.

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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 27, 2011 at 10:26 AM
    Ryan, an earlier poster from the first story release posted a good link to learn about bird kills from windmills. This terd is being sold as an alternative energy source yet no utility is buying them...mainly municipalities. NC is give money by the feds to put them in so they are looking for a spot to lay this. Everyone thinks these are golden eggs till they start rotating. I like technology, however, the windfarm I was at was very loud. Many of the houses near by were for sale and no one wanted them. Noisey. There were over 150 windmills there. After the post about the bird kills...there was plenty on that too, especially, windmills close to the coast.
  • by Ryan Location: Havelock on Apr 27, 2011 at 08:32 AM
    Do some research on how many birds these things kill every year! Then consider where they want to build them! In the flyway isn't a great idea folks. I'm not a granola bar I just try to use common sense.
  • by Surgtec1 Location: bear grass on Apr 27, 2011 at 05:41 AM
    where exactly in Camden will they put these. I own land in Camden and would like one on my property.
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      by Obama Snake Oil co on Apr 27, 2011 at 06:12 AM in reply to Surgtec1
      I am pretty sure the commissioners of Camden county will tell you exactly where to put these....
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        by Surgtec1 on Apr 27, 2011 at 08:51 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
        I'm not putting them anywhere, but I want one or two put on my property.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Apr 27, 2011 at 10:17 AM in reply to Surgtec1
          Before you consider it, you need to make sure no one lives nearby within 1300 feet of where you put it. Apparenly, you don't seem to have knowledge of this current technology. learn away;
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          by Grumpy on Apr 27, 2011 at 11:36 AM in reply to Surgtec1
          I looked at Snake's video link, and it gave a decibel reading at 1300 ft of 28-42 decibels, which sound like really big numbers unless you also look up some sound charts and find that 30 decibels is the volume of a whisper or "quiet dessert nighttime" and that 60-70 decibels is considered normal conversation range. This is over a sound that would be rated as half the volume of a normal conversation. I found 1 rating for a tree on a windy day of 55db.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Apr 27, 2011 at 04:11 PM in reply to Surgtec1
 more research...I am only talking about several...we are talking about wind farms. The video also posted over 100 dba...try to sleep through that. 85dba requires ear protection. You only picked the lower the numbers, however, a terd still smells. Do more research on this...this is not political, its reality. Just remember, Jeffrey Imelt made billions off of us and didn't pay taxes here...he runs GE and is an adviser to it what you want, but stink is stink. You put multiple windmills in a prepared for ear plugs when the resonate. This is like torture of speakers at Waco...would you dod that to your family?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 27, 2011 at 03:50 AM
    So a commission looked into this instead of a utility company? And the people of Camden fought the OLF project...this will go over as good as a terd in a swimming pool! Expect higher utility bills. Pickens, the spokesman for windmills, said the return on investment isn't there. So NC is smarter than Pickens? Oh, and make sure you but these from GE so they can sell here without paying taxes...this is no more than ego stoking and spending federal money we didn't need. Try looking into drilling for oil and natural gas...
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      by Grumpy on Apr 27, 2011 at 05:22 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      Hey Snake- I don't know if you noticed but those oil companies you like so much get a wallop of fed tax breaks. The President you hate so much would like them gone. So I think to make this argument simpler for you to handle, you should just assume that all energy resources are going to get tax breaks and the point is moot. That means "not worth arguing over". And as far as utility bills going up- when was the last time you saw a utility bill go down? You sound like my Grandpa, when he wonders why bread isn't 10 cents a loaf anymore. You also sound like Thomas Edison, wise inventor of the light bulb, arguing against A.C. power systems (which is what we use today) after he had put all his money into D.C.. Can we get more facts out of you Snake and less condescending bully opinions? By the way, when you bring up the safety of nukes next time, don't conveniently leave out Chernobyl again. Lots of people died there, and are still dying. Many of them were kids. But, what they hell the were Ruskies and probably don't matter to a patriot like you.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Apr 27, 2011 at 06:11 AM in reply to Grumpy
        First, I don't hate the president, he just isn't a leader and those that voted for him were flimflammed. Next time you bring up Chernobyl make sure you have the facts to support your rhetoric...we don't have a reactor like it in the USA. If we have a core meltdown, it will be like Three Mile Island. Since you didn't know that, I assume you know nothing about windmills the the coming fleece to taxpayers and the impending high utility bills because of them. And that part about killing the are abortions by our government Planned Parenthood. Reality for you? Camden fought to rid themselves of the OLF, remember sparky? Ever heard 50 windmills running at the same time? Research man, research....
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          by grumpy on Apr 27, 2011 at 09:15 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          Only the windmills in your mind. The main difference with Three Mile Island and Chernobyl is we got lucky. And before you try that again Snake, remember that the Japanese reactors that just suffered from bad design flaws in an Earthquake/flood zone are much more modern then the 3 Mile Island reactors, and out of all the reactors we have running in the US -none- of them are newer then Chernobyl because we stopped approving hew ones after Chernobyl. The problem is NONE of the designs are fool proof, and it's silly testing the systems till they fail when the failure will leave a mess with a radioactive half life longer then civilization has been on this planet. Ever heard a reactor plant from right next door? How bout a diesel freight train supplied coal plant or natural gas plant. It's also not a quiet day in the park. Oh by the way, that would also make the noise problem a MOOT point of discussion now unless you think all those other folks putting up with those plants and the noise and pollution in their cities need to be given a "Not In My Backyard" lecture. They have been dealing with the problems of supplying our area with electricity for years. Now it's our turn. But at least with wind mills we don't have to worry about contaminated ground water test wells (a few nuke plants have had problems with that this year because of bad designs using under building pipes that corroded). And though we might kill some birds, we won't have to take the dead wind mill birds and bury them in secure geostatic facilities that our children's children's children will have to maintain till they stop glowing several hundred thousand years from now. Regardless of any accidents, that is the waste we have no choice in dealing with because of these safe reactors, and boy what a long term cost it is.
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      by Grumpy on Apr 27, 2011 at 05:26 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      PS- Pickens wasn't a champion of windmills- he was a champion for tax breaks for alternative energy to fossil fuels, of which he conveniently lumped his huge propane and natural gas holdings. Research man, research.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Apr 27, 2011 at 07:43 AM in reply to Grumpy
        So Mr Knowledge...why did Pickens spend nearly a 2 billion to build windmills farm in Texas? A little detail you did you spin off on....T Boone Pickens is/was the poster child for windmills. So here is you reasearch you failed to do;
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          by Grumpy on Apr 27, 2011 at 10:52 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          Gee Snake- You need to toss out those old articles and read something from this decade. Try this link- where I quote, “Critics point out that the 82-year-old billionaire (Pickens), who made the bulk of his wealth in the oil and gas industries, now runs a hedge fund with substantial holdings in natural gas companies that would stand to benefit richly if his plan caught traction. Read more: T. Boone Pickens still pushing natural gas plan despite lack of progress | San Francisco Business Times
  • by sharon Location: Raleigh on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:42 AM
    Most of you are concerned with who the President is and not the issue at hand.These problems existed long before he became President.How can we solve the oilspills and produce eltricity?I am for giving the public the option of wind or fossil fuel.I would rather risk a bird than a human life from another explosion.I am for continued research to find the best clean method for fuel and electrical use.I like the idea of natural gas it sounds safe and clean.We all want the accomedations as long as its not in our backyards.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 6, 2011 at 09:45 AM
    Some of you and our lawmakers have no idea what impact this would have in our state, let alone others. This is just a typical problem with windmills over bird kills. This came from USA Today and not some environmental spin group. Its reality. All of you should spend time, Barlow, and find out about them before you post hooey, sheepish spin and feel good, as the truth is out there. This link was not good to find, however, Anonymous on Apr 5, 2011 at 11:26 AM, thanks for info.; Anonymous on Apr 5, 2011 at 11:26 A
  • by rl Location: bear grass on Apr 5, 2011 at 05:31 PM
    Take all of our worthless prisoners, put them on stationary bikes with generators and make them pedal. Make them do something for the $40,000 a year that it cost us to keep them locked up. If they only produce enough energy to operate the prison, that would be more than they are doing now
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      by I Fought the Law on Apr 27, 2011 at 05:22 AM in reply to rl
      Now that's a real solution with zero negative impact!!!! Well maybe might help the thugs run faster from their next crime, but it's still a great idea.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2011 at 10:52 AM in reply to rl
      I"d vote for that one!!
  • by Tyee Location: Hyde County on Apr 5, 2011 at 05:02 PM
    Having been to both Germany, Japan and many other places, I totally agree with the building of wind mills (call it anything you like) that provided that they are built and wired correctly. The ones in Holland seemed to have some problems, but they have probably been modernized, In my opinion (not worth very much) can we all agree this is the best, safest way to obtain our electrical energy for years to come?
  • by US-First Location: Greenville on Apr 5, 2011 at 03:24 PM
    I am all for wind energy but what is this going to do to our sound in the time that construction of these is taking place. All the green folks are always against disturbing the ecosystem but I guess not to build wind turbines? You know the boats and barges and dredges and other equipment run on oil, will spill a lot of it and will likely change the sound ecosystem at least in the short term. After that I am more concerned about access to the sound. So under who's name am I going to be restricted from navigating my boat through that wind farm that likely will take up a very large chunk of the sound?? When a hole is drilled for oil the impact is quite restricted to the general area around the rig. These wind farms take a bunch of usable area on the surface. What new government agency is going to be in-charge of policing this area? Who is making money off this wind farm for which they probably won't have to pay the public a dime?
  • by Tyee Location: Hyde County on Apr 5, 2011 at 01:20 PM
    "Wind power rules,but small windmills are a swindle" Electricy for Refrigeration, Heating, and Air Conditioning" Russel E Smith This book goes into atomic theory, positive and negative charges, flow of electrons conductors and Insulators, electric charges, ohms law; calculating electric power,etc. Taught that in college. (Is that negative or positive?) This is a library of congress book. Improper wiring causes houses to burn without much evidence.

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