Perdue: NC Should Be 1st East Coast State For Offshore Wind Farms

The U.S. Department of Energy says it intends to spend $50 million to speed the development of offshore wind farms, with a goal of issuing leases off four Atlantic coast states by the end of the year. Governor Perdue wants North Carolina in that mix.

Right now the Interior Department has only identified sites along the coasts of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey for potential wind farms. Perdue says she wants North Carolina to be the first state on the east coast using offshore windmills to generate energy. She says the state has first-class wind resources and the largest offshore wind on the east coast and that developing just some of these resources could be an economic boon to the state in the years ahead.

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  • by Anonymous2 Location: ENC on Feb 9, 2011 at 03:26 PM
    Take it to the mountain tops so tourist can see how green the state is. The sound, if off the coast, will run off the rest of the fish. (Go do oil exploration out west where it's been said there's more there than in the Middle East; no off our shore to pollute.) Please spare us further depletion of natural resources.
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Feb 9, 2011 at 05:22 AM
    Barlow, by now, you know I am right. The windmills would have to be offshore so far and the cost of the grid to support it is not mentioned in this story. With the state running 3.7 billion in deficit, we should spend federal money since it will most likey, not cover the project. The state cannot spend anymore money. Funny, the feds give a 50 million dollar grant while NC will end up borrowing billions from the feds...doesn't that make sense?
  • by Mack Location: East of I-95 on Feb 8, 2011 at 04:18 PM
    Want to make sure NC doesn't get them? Just tell Basnight they plan to put them off the Outer Banks.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2011 at 08:34 AM
    If you look at the states checkbook, somebody has done a really bad job with the taxpayers money. I have no confidence this admistration will do any better. Beverly Perdue has been part of the decisions for the last 20 years and we see the results. Give someone else a chance please. I do not care if Dem or Republican, just somebody else.
  • by Install The First One .... on Feb 8, 2011 at 06:07 AM
    ...Right in front of Beverly Purdue. It should be spinning 24/7 for the next 2 years.
  • by Chuck WireWiggler Location: ChazWorld-Hyde Branch on Feb 8, 2011 at 06:00 AM
    I guess the wind farm would work . . . .if you pointed the propellers toward raleigh. Should get plenty of kick from that direction.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Feb 8, 2011 at 05:17 AM
    Barlow, I will say it again and again...T Boone Pickens spent billions towards a wind farm in Texas then pulled the plug. With the necessary, expensive grid, the return on investment, he concluded it was not practical. Less than .6% of our energy is produced by wind and you still must maintain generators for when the wind dies out. The point, before you sing happy days are here again, research it. A little common sense, why have the commericial companies not jumped on this band wagon?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2011 at 04:41 AM
    I would rather them put up these bird choppers than oil wells. One thing I don't understand, If ethanol is so expensive to produce why does cheap gas have so much in it? I say we go back to using whale oil and make everybody happy.
  • by clint on Feb 8, 2011 at 03:48 AM
    What economic boon? Wind won't work without subsidies, ie tax money. Ethanol doesn't work witout subsidies, ie tax money and unintended consequences of higher food prices. And on and on. Open the oil and gas leases and let them drill. We could be energy independeant inside ten years. Drilling here and now would bring down energy prices and contribute to the economy in huge ways. With a booming economy the new things can be developed and brought to bear as they become economically feasible. Subsidize development of new energy sources, not implementation or ongoing subsidies to keep a certaain source in the mix. When it gets to the point it will work the market will demand it. Good ole Bev is going to be one and done just like Obama. We can beat back this sort of lunacy. Vote and encourage others of like mind to do the same.
  • by ron Location: hyde co on Feb 8, 2011 at 03:21 AM
    this should be pursued by private interests; no by adding another 50 million to the defecit. i agree with moose that she needs to resign
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