Company abandons plans for wind-energy farm in Newport

February 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

NEWPORT – Plans that would have located a large wind and solar energy project in Carteret County have come to an end.

Texas-based Torch Renewable Energy announced Friday that it will no longer pursue the development of the proposed Mill Pond Wind Project. The project plans called for locating the wind and solar energy project on 7,000 acres of outside of Newport.

Torch Renewable indicated it was willing to work through issues to bring wind energy to the area while protecting military activities, but acknowledged receiving the required variance from county regulations would be unlikely.

“From the beginning, Torch has been committed to ensuring that any project it develops is compatible with surrounding military operations.  The State of North Carolina and the Department of the Navy have very rigorous processes in place to ensure that no wind farm in any way jeopardizes military activities.  We were looking forward to working through those processes to bring renewable energy to the region,” stated Torch Vice President of Development Rocky Ray. “However, in light of the unlikely prospect of acquiring a variance from the County’s current Tall Structures Ordinance, we have decided not to move forward with the project.”

Ray said Torch stands behind its goal of creating win-win relationships through the generation of clean renewable energy. 

The proposal would have located an estimated 40 industrial turbines in the area and had raised widespread concern among residents and area officials regarding impacts on military flight training at nearby Cherry Point as well as health and safety issues.

There is currently a moratorium in place on the issuance of permits for wind energy projects as the county reviews its regulations regarding wind turbines.

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