NCSEA Statement: Senate Bill 377

Earlier today, Sen. Harry Brown (R-Onslow) filed SB377, in an attempt to "prohibit construction, operation, or expansion of wind energy facilities" in certain areas of the state. In addition to Sen. Brown, the bill is co-sponsored by Sen. Paul Newton (R- Cabarrus, Union) and Sen. Norman W. Sanderson (R- Carteret, Craven, Pamlico). Below is a statement from NCSEA Executive Director, Ivan Urlaub.

"NCSEA is disappointed in this latest attempt to stifle economic development in eastern North Carolina, and we oppose any unsupported and unnecessary restrictions on clean energy opportunities in our state. The map referenced in Senator Brown’s bill (SB377) specifically states that projects should be given the highest level of scrutiny during the permitting process. The map does not support or call for a ban on wind or tall structures in any part of the state. The state already has one of the nation’s most stringent permitting policies, which is reinforced by a strong Department of Defense process that has proven to work effectively time and time again."

For additional information on these important issues:

  • Learn more about the U.S. Department of Defense's Sitting Clearinghouse, which was created by the US Congress in January 2011 and has been amended several times in recent years.
  • Read this op-ed from Admiral Dennis McGinn about the unnecessary SB377.
  • (Ret.) Lt. General John Castellaw's op-ed & video discussing his military experience in eastern North Carolina and the DoD's Sitting Clearinghouse process.
  • Hear from several local residents in Chowan County, including a farmer, school superintendent and Chamber of Commerce executive regarding their thoughts on a proposed wind energy project in their community.
  • Learn more here and here about the economic benefits of North Carolina's existing wind farm, which is owned by Avangrid Renewables and supplies power to Amazon's data center.
  • Read this letter from the Northeastern NC Chambers of Commerce expressing support for wind & solar investments.

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  1. Joanne Heckel on April 1, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Please vote against State Bill. We in North Carolina need wind power!

  2. Barbara Nettesheim on April 2, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    In order to pollute very little or not at all is in OUR hands. Since we all see what has happened almost regularly in our weather, statements become almost impossible to claim that Global Warming does not exist.
    Whoever has not yet noticed in North Carolina and all other states the change of our weather patterns lives in denial and is not ready to use sources that keep us and our children in relatively normal circumstances, though we have to accept the destruction from hurricanes and tornadoes. We better have windmills! They look better than the destruction hurricanes cause!
    We better learn to deal with those disasters, and save large amounts of money to help the affected areas cleaning up and rebuilding.

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