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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A new report says North Carolina is falling behind when it comes to offshore wind power.

Environment North Carolina Field Director Dave Rogers says Gov. Pat McCrory and other state leaders are to blame.

Rogers says our strong, consistent winds and relatively shallow sea levels make north carolina's coast ideal for offshore wind farms. Plus he says turbines could reduce the impact from hurricanes like arthur.

"They help take some of that energy out of hurricanes and turn it into electricity, which makes the hurricanes when they are actually hitting our coast slower and less damaging then they would otherwise be," Rogers said.

Rogers says state and federal leaders have designated more than 1.5 million acres off the Atlantic coast for offshore wind power that could produce more than 16,000 megawatts of virtually pollution-free electricity.

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"Plus he says turbines could

"Plus he says turbines could reduce the impact from hurricanes like arthur."

I think it would be quite nice if news organizations would use some common sense before posting stories like this. While I personally support wind turbines off shore and have no problem with them, having someone make such outlandish claims surely doesn't help the situation.

Who makes these large offshore wind turbines?

Something tells me Dave Rogers has an interest in offshore entities?

Per "Wind Power Monthly", the below entities dominate the global wind turbine markets: Acciona, Alstom, Dongfang, Enercon, Gamesa, GE Energy, Goldwind, Nordex, Repower, Sinovel, Suzlon and Vestas.

BREAKDOWN:

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Acciona - ACCIONA is one of the foremost Spanish business corporations, leader in the development and management of infrastructure, renewable energy, water and services.

Alstom - For nearly 100 years, Alstom has been a leading provider of vital equipment and services for the U.S. power generation and rail transportation markets. Drawing on the expertise of 93,000 professionals in more than 100 countries, and as many as 7,000 employees in the U.S., Alstom is driving the development of new technologies to meet rising demand for energy and alleviate urban congestion while minimizing impacts on the environment.

Dongfang - Dongfang Electric Corporation (DEC), with its headquarter in Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province, which named as the “Heavenly Land on Earth” and the “Hometown of Giant Panda”, is one of the largest backbone enterprise groups under the direct administration of Chinese Central Government.

Enercon - ENERCON was founded in 1983 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and got its start in supporting startup and operations of nuclear power plants. In the past 3 years we have become the premier provider of Engineering and Environmental Services to the nuclear industry. We now have Engineer of Choice contracts at 80% of the nuclear plants in the U.S. commercial nuclear fleet. Our excellent reputation is now recognized worldwide for providing high quality, cost effective services. Our capability, experience and size allows us to make a significant expansion into the international market and achieve substantial growth on the Federal side. It also allows us to open and establish new business lines in the Power Delivery, Oil and Gas, and Industrial markets.

Gamesa - 2014 operations: Type certification for the G128-5.0 MW, Gamesa's first offshore turbine. Two new contracts for the supply of 8 MW in Brazil. Agreement with Santander for the joint development of several wind farms in Mexico, to which it will supply 500 MW. Product strategy milestone: supply of the first Gamesa G114-2.0 MW turbines in Europe Joint Venture with Areva to accelerate its offshore development. Gamesa sells two wind farms in Germany with combined installed capacity of 18.5 MW. Gamesa to install a turnkey wind farm with capacity of 50 MW in Costa Rica. Gamesa sells a 25.5 MW wind farm in Greece to Eren.

GE Energy - GE Hitachi, headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina, is a subsidiary of the conglomerate General Electric Co and partially owned by Japan's Hitachi Ltd.

Goldwind - Goldwind is an international, multi-faceted wind power company based out of Beijing, China. Since the company was founded in 1998, Goldwind has now expanded across six continents, preserving blue skies and white clouds for future generations around the globe. Goldwind is the largest manufacturer of wind turbines in China and among the largest globally. With strong, international R&D capabilities, Goldwind has become the world’s largest manufacturer of Permanent Magnet Direct Drive wind turbines.

Nordex - Germany ; Rostock (production and rotor blade factory) ; 2,500 employees, Address; Nordex SE, Erich-Schlesinger-Str. 50, 18059 Rostock, Germany. Today more than 5,500 Nordex wind turbines with a total rated output of more than 9,000 megawatts are already rotating in 34 countries of the world. We are represented with offices and subsidiaries in 19 countries. In this way we are consistently seizing development opportunities in a market which will continue grow in the course of the next few years. Nordex SE is a management holding company with its headquarters in Rostock. The domicile of the board and administration is Hamburg. Nordex SE's task is to control and coordinate the activities of the two 100 per cent subsidiaries Nordex Energy GmbH and Nordex Energy B.V.

Repower - Repower is an international energy company based in Switzerland. It operates along the entire electricity value chain, from generation, trading and distribution to sales, as well as in the innovative "New Tech Business". In Italy and Germany, Repower is also involved in the gas business. The group employs around 730 people.

Sinovel - Sinovel Wind Group Co., Ltd. (Stock code: 601558) is China's first specialized high-tech enterprise engaged in independent development, design, manufacturing and sale of large-scale onshore, offshore and intertidal series of wind turbines which are adaptable to a global variety of wind resources and environmental conditions, and the first in China to have developed independently the globally advanced 5MW and 6MW series wind turbines. Sinovel has achieved impressive development. Our total cumulated installed wind power capacity reached 12989MW by the end of year 2011, ranking No.1 in China.

Suzlon - The Suzlon Group is ranked as the world’s fifth largest* wind turbine supplier, in terms of cumulative installed capacity and market share, at the end of 2013. The company’s global spread extends across Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa and North and South America with over 24,200 MW of wind energy capacity installed, operations across over 30 countries and a workforce of over 10,000. The Group offers one of the most comprehensive product portfolios – ranging from sub-megawatt onshore turbines at 600 Kilowatts(KW), to the world’s largest commercially-available offshore turbine at 6.15 MW – with a vertically integrated, low - cost, manufacturing base. The Group – headquartered at Suzlon One Earth in Pune, India – comprises Suzlon Energy Limited and its subsidiaries, including Senvion SE.

Vestas - Vestas Wind Systems A/S is a Denmark-based company active within the wind power industry. The Company operates within four business areas: Finance, Sales, Manufacturing & Global Sourcing, and Technology & Service solutions. The Finance business area focuses on business support services.

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PS - Duke Power neglected NC's challenge to cleanup their Coal Ash Spill this year. I guess NC will need to prepare ahead for Duke Energy's offshore wind turbines. The headline will be "Wind Turbines Litter NC Coastline". This will be GREAT for tourism!

Perspective

NC is also "falling behind" in the buggy whip business.

As an independent (key word) scientist and energy expert, I can say that Mr. Rogers' story is little more than marketing propaganda.

Alternative energies should be thoroughly investigated. Any that can scientifically prove that they are a net societal benefit, should be allowed on the grid.

There is no scientific proof that offshore wind energy is a net societal benefit.

End of conversation.

...says the anti-wind activist

This is obviously a comment from nationally known anti-wind activist, John Droz. His use of propaganda and misinformation to further his anti-wind agenda is well known. Even this short post has some good examples.

As someone who was a fellow at the American Tradition Institute, which is funded by coal and oil interests who see wind as competition, the claim as "independent" is suspect. http://www.desmogblog.com/american-tradition-institute

As someone who has no PhD, no peer-reviewed published scientific papers, and spent the bulk of his career as a real estate broker, the claim as a "scientist" is a stretch.

And anyone who has to *tell* you they're an expert...well, they probably aren't.

Wind energy is a good opportunity. No energy choice is perfect, but wind has a lot of technical, economic and environmental benefits and it will keep growing as a part of our energy mix, despite the anti-wind propagandists like this guy.

There's isn't even proof that "on-shore" wind energy is...

...a net "societal benefit". In Europe which is big windfield country, no less that 25% of the fans are broken at any given time. Their output is low and can't come close to meeting minimal power demands on their better days, much less anything close to peak demand. This has been proven. They are high maintenance, somewhat delicate machines that fail often and they can't keep up with repairs on inland fields. They want to place this sort of equipment in the harshest, most corrosive and unpredictable environments there is? Yeah right...

This approach is nothing other than throwing good money after bad, but LOOKING "green" is cool these days, right? It impresses the democrats, so they go and pursue more magical "Solyndra" opportunities.

Why It's The End Of The Line For Wind Power

http://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherhelman/2012/12/21/why-its-the-end...

Taylor and Tanton figure that at the current price of natural gas, and before counting any subsidies or transmission costs, ratepayers are paying about $8.5 billion more this year for electricity from wind than they would have paid if it were gas-fired power. That amount doesn’t even include the cost of the direct federal subsidies.

What’s more, ratepayers will have to shoulder that cost for as long as the turbines are in operation. That’s $8.5 billion a year that ratepayers are forking over to subsidize a less efficient, more expensive technology; $8.5 billion that could otherwise be invested in natural gas electricity, or better yet, nuclear.

WIND PROJECT¿?

LOL. NC MAY KNOW, That it's IMPOSSIBLE TO FIX, these, once the bearing's or ANYTHING Goes Out! It COST TOO MUCH. Look at FORMER Wind maker GRAVEYARDS out West! You can not afford to pay a Tech to take apart. These are still BADLY designed, and not worth fixing (power company OR Private owner) will SUB-CON- tractors agree to REMOVE BROKEN ONES? How you going to locate them. Add extra savings account for Dismantling?
BOLOGNIA.... NC IS AHEAD Because FOR ONCE, They're Listening to my RUMOURS. I'M From Winston Salem LONNIE. Still owed Milliond in Gov. & Local Rewards, & Royalties for LED Crystal & Gater Grip <~ Why not LET NC Rip your Taxes to shreds & Steal your IDEA'S.. HUH?

Wind is free

They should go ahead and put them out there. Wind is free and we could use some free energy. Any way the state can save money.

Free energy, Now that's a laugh!!!

You have any clue about just the cost of working offshore? They could never afford to repair one and with the variables of wind you'd only get about 50 percent output. Then you have to keep the fossil fuel plants online to cover those variables. It's a harsh environment and they won't last nearly as long as on land and will have to be replaced!!!

There's not anything free about it!!!!

And the laughs just keep coming

"They could never afford to repair one"

Of course they could. What makes me say that? They do it elsewhere.

Wind Farms

I went to visit my daughter in Fort Atkinson WI. The first thing I saw different was the wind mills, I asked her about it and what she said shocked me. She said that with just the few that are in town her electric bill was CUT down at least $100.00 every month! And every thing in her house is electric and she lives in a state that has snow from late October to the middle of April. So if we live where there is wind every single day why can we not have wind mills to help cut down on our power bills instead of making Duke energy rich. I have been from here to California and back I have seen the wind mills outside of Chicago,Vegas and L.A. they are not on eye sore as most would think they are rather nice looking and easy to take care of.

Are you sure bout that?

Based on the WI power company website, customers pay more to be enrolled in renewable energy:

"When you sign up at the 25, 50 or 100 percent level, we produce or purchase renewable energy to match that percentage of your electric usage, which replaces equal amounts of electric generation from traditional sources. Participation does not impact electric service reliability. Because renewable energy costs more to produce than energy generated from traditional sources, the price is slightly higher." source: http://www.we-energies.com/residential/acctoptions/eft.htm

If I lived in WI, I would rather ferment milk (cheese) and capture the by-products such as gas emissions?