North Carolina Proposes Coastal Wind Farm Ban
North Carolina legislators are considering a proposal to exclude new and expanded wind power projects from a 100-mile-wide corridor bordering the state’s coastline. The legislation, introduced in the state Senate in late March, claims that new turbine towers would pose a hazard to military training flights over the state’s eastern counties. If enacted, the measure will prevent the proposed expansion of an existing 208-MW wind farm near Elizabeth City that powers several amazon.com data centers. The facility, which includes more than 100 turbines on 305-ft tall towers, was found by the U.S. Navy to pose no threat to a southeast Virginia-based over-the-horizon radar system.