North Carolina’s wind blows strong 

The winds off North Carolina’s coast powered the Wright Brothers’ first flight in 1903, and they’ve been going strong ever since. In fact, just over 100 years after the first flight, converting just a fraction of the winds off our shores to energy could provide all of North Carolina’s energy needs. 

North Carolina moving backwards on energy?

Despite our enormous potential for offshore wind energy, too many in North Carolina’s General Assembly are focused on the energy sources of the past — which pollute the air and water and could threaten our beaches with devastating toxic spills. At the same time, though we have more offshore wind potential than any other Atlantic Coast state, North Carolina is falling behind its neighbors when it comes to developing wind energy.

North Carolina can make history, again

The Wright Brothers’ took a giant leap forward when they took off at Kitty Hawk 108 years ago. North Carolina has an enormous opportunity to do the same with offshore wind, making our state not only “first in flight” but “first in wind.” 

The first step in charting our future in offshore wind is for North Carolina’s leaders to support extending federal tax incentives vital for both onshore and offshore wind power production.

The coal and oil lobby is urging Congress to let these tax credits expire, which would mean the loss of 37,000 jobs along with increased pollution.

That is why Environment North Carolina is calling the state’s leaders to take advantage of North Carolina’s offshore wind potential by supporting extending the wind energy tax credit.  It’s time to make history, again.


Clean energy updates

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Solar farms cropping up around southern Nash County are good for the economy and environment, according to local officials and a statewide conservancy group.

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Citizens, scientists, legislators and faith leaders are rallying for Earth Day this afternoon on the campus of North Carolina State University in support of legislation introduced this session calling for 100 percent clean energy by 2050.

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Recycling hits a rough patch

As late as April 2018, SONOCO Recycling LLC was writing checks to New Hanover County to pay for materials recycled by county and Wilmington residents and businesses.Those materials, including glass and co-mingled items such as plastics and paper, were, for the most part, sent overseas to be sorted and recycled into new products.Then the bottom suddenly dropped out of the market.

“Starting in early 2018, East Asian governments began banning, limiting or more heavily regulating U.S. recyclable exports,” according to the “The State of Recycling In North Carolina” from U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Environment North Carolina.

In December, New Hanover County paid SONOCO $9,382 to take those same recyclable materials off its hands. The county then billed the city for its share of the cost. The PIRG report essentially lays the blame for the sudden shift of recycling costs on what it says is the United States becoming dependent on exporting its recyclables.

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New study shows a decade of progress positions North Carolina to take clean energy to the next level

Since 2009, North Carolina has seen explosive growth in the amount of electricity it gets from the sun and a promising amount of growth in the wind energy sector, according to a new report released by Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center. The report also highlights advances in the use of energy storage and electric vehicles. According to the data, North Carolina ranked 9th among the states for improvements in electricity energy efficiency programs.

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Poll shows NC’s 3rd Congressional District Voters Oppose Offshore Drilling and Support Offshore Wind

A poll on behalf of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, Environment North Carolina and the NRDC Action Fund was conducted in NC's 3rd Congressional District to see where the opinions of the voters there lie. The majority of voters believe offshore drilling is too risky for our coastal communities, over 60 percent would like to see more wind development, and over 60 percent are concerned with the impacts of climate change. 

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