Craven board opposes wind energy complex near military bases

Published: Monday, October 8, 2012 at 09:46 AM.

The Craven County Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution opposing coastal wind energy projects in low-level military flight training areas.

Commissioners considered and slightly modified a resolution already passed by Wayne County Board of Commissioners.

Craven County Manager Jack Veit said the Wayne commissioners, the Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow lobby group, county legal counsel, Coastal Carolina Regional Airport and others had brought the potential conflict of wind energy projects and flights to his attention.

One of the changes to the resolution specifically lists potential adverse affects to Cherry Point some wind projects located in the wrong place could cause.

Craven Commissioners Scott Dacey said the placement of some wind turbines has the potential to adversely affect the nearly 10,000 military personnel stationed at Cherry Point and around 5,000 civilians working on the base and at the Fleet Readiness Center East aircraft repair and maintenance facility.

The resolution speaks particularly to a 49 turbine wind project planned for Eastern North Carolina that calls for 505-foot high turbines that could interfere with training flights at the Dare County Bombing Range used by Seymour Johnson Air Force Base F-15E air crews. It also serves as the only F-15 Strike Eagle training route in the nation.

“Incompatible land uses in areas used by the military limits the time that training ranges are available and the types of training conducted,” the resolution maintains.

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