NC’s Desert Wind Energy Project Update

On Tuesday May 3rd, the NC Utilities Commission approved an application by a U.S. subsidiary of Spanish power company Iberdrola to build a 300-megawatt wind farm on 31 square miles of farmland near Elizabeth City in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties.

The wind farm is scheduled to be built next year, assuming the company will continue to be successful applying for the required local, state and federal permits.

According to an article in today’s Charlotte Observer, “Desert Wind would sell power to U.S. electric utilities that are required to use green energy to meet state requirements for including more renewables in their energy mix. Among the likely candidates to buy the power would be Raleigh-based Progress Energy and Charlotte-based Duke Energy.”

This wind farm would be the state’s first commercial-scale wind farm and one of the biggest in the nation.

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