North Carolina regulators are listening to a proposal to catch the wind coming off the Albemarle Sound in a cluster of up to 150 electricity-generating turbine towers.

It’s called the “Desert Wind Power Project,”named after the flat, agricultural region in the area, according to the company wanting to build the farm.

The state Utilities Commission holds a public hearing Tuesday about a proposed wind farm near Elizabeth City that could generate enough power for more than 55,000 homes.

The consumer advocates’ section of the commission favors the project as a way for electric companies to comply with a state law requiring that one-eighth of their energy come from renewable sources within the next decade.

The Iberdrola Renewables wind farm would spread across 20,000 acres in Perquimans and Pasquotank counties would be the largest electricity producer using in-state resources. All fossil fuels burned in other power plants are imported from outside the state.

The company’s North American headquarters are located in Portland, Ore. It filed an application for the project in January.

Some 400 construction jobs would be created to build the complex.

According to Iberdrola, land owners would receive more than $1 million a year in fees for rights to locate and operate the towers.

Duke Energy and Progress Energy are also exploring the potential of wind farms in the state.

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