‘The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind’ – What is future of wind energy projects in N.C.?

By Frank H. Sheffield, Jr., Ward and Smith, P.A. Editor’s Note: Frank H. Sheffield, Jr. is a member of the Environmental, Litigation, Real Estate Development, and Zoning and Land Use Practice Groups at Ward and Smith, P.A. A recent study on wind energy conducted by researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ("UNC Study") concluded that North Carolina "is well-positioned to develop utility scale wind energy production." Studies have shown that both the coastal area and mountains of North Carolina have sufficient wind resources to support utility scale wind energy development. Therefore, the question is "what...

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