Category: Energy & Environment

  • PARODY: Golden LEAF boosts wind farm/bird sanctuary center

    ELIZABETH CITY — Pasquotank County public officials learned in February that they will receive a $9 million grant from the Golden LEAF foundation to build the Amazon Wind Farm Welcome Center and Bird Sanctuary Headquarters adjacent to the recently completed wind project. The total project budget is $9.2 million, with…

  • Legislation would freeze renewable energy mandate

    Rep. Jimmy Dixon, R-Duplin, wants to scale back North Carolina’s renewable energy mandates and find out how much renewable power actually goes on the grid. A bill he co-sponsored along with House Majority Leader John Bell of Wayne County would do that. House…

  • Managing financial risks tied to extreme weather

    Market forces play a critical role in helping people weather the storm (pun intended) of extreme conditions. Ben Foster, a Ph.D. student in environmental sciences and engineering at UNC-Chapel Hill, uses the case study of a 2012 drought affecting the Mississippi River to explain how the process works. He shared…

  • Amazon perpetuates misleading claims about wind farm

    ELIZABETH CITY — Amazon claims its large-scale wind farm near Elizabeth City will produce enough electricity “to power more than 61,000 U.S. homes,” but neither the online company nor its wind farm operator Avangrid will share data supporting that claim. Amazon continues to perpetuate the misleading notion that the electrical…

  • Scholars: North Carolina ranks No. 19 nationally in freedom index

    North Carolina historians might lay claim to the state being first in freedom for its Colonial-era declarations of independence. But the most comprehensive instrument available to measure modern-day economic and personal freedom in the 50 states says it ranks only No. 19. Will Ruger and Jason Sorens,…

  • Experts: Military commission not following open meetings laws

    Media law experts believe the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission violated the spirit —  if not the letter — of state laws requiring the conduct of public meetings in a transparent manner. “I feel like a judge would say this is a violation of the law,” Raleigh-based…