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WILMINGTON, NC (AP) — The Obama administration is holding public meetings as it gauges commercial interest in wind farms off North Carolina’s northern Outer Banks and Cape Fear.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is holding a meeting Wednesday in Wilmington from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Courtyard Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach at 151 Van Campen Blvd. A similar meeting was held Monday at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head.

The government said last month it wanted to hear who would be interested in leasing blocks of ocean to build and operate offshore wind farms in three potential areas. One area is six miles off Kitty Hawk, while the other two are seven miles and 13 miles at sea south of Wilmington.

Federal officials picked those spots because they are attractive for commercial offshore wind development while also protecting natural resources and minimizing conflicts with military operations, shipping and fishing.

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5 Comments on "Feds to hold public meeting in Wilmington for wind farming talks"

2015 years 10 months ago

Forget the wind mills – Drill for oil.

Dude 1
2015 years 10 months ago

There are seismic and noise issues with wind power that damages the eco system. If you do your research you will find that it has driven off animals, fish, shellfish and the migratory birds. This will do more damage to the fisheries than help.

2015 years 10 months ago

You must not have lived here long. Otherwise you would know that we already have natural seismic and noise issues.

2015 years 10 months ago

I’m all for it as long as the majority of tax proceeds are dedicated to coastal concerns such as dredging, beach replenishment, and wetland/barrier island preservation.

2015 years 10 months ago

Aren’t these FEDERAL leases? As such no tax benefit to NC?
I’ll have to research this more.

Of course the bigger question is does energy independence trump states gathering of tax monies?
I would have to say yes it does
I’m in favor of wind farms off the coast



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