Windmill bill passes N.C. House, moves to Senate

Published: Monday, May 6, 2013 at 04:53 PM.

Commanders at bases like Cherry Point and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro cannot approve or oppose any wind turbine project under orders from the U.S. Secretary of Defense.

However, the bill would require that they be notified of any wind turbine projects in flight paths or training areas, and that public hearings be held.

“It doesn’t preclude wind farms, it simply allows the state to take into account the needs and concerns of military training,” Finlayson said.

The military, and particularly aviation and the civilian workforce connected to it, account for more than 38 percent of the Craven County economy.

The bill now moves to the Senate, and local officials fill confident it will pass.

“I am confident that Sen. Harry Brown (R-Onslow) and Sen. Norman Sanderson (R-Pamlico) can make the same compelling case for it in the senate that Rep. Bell did in the House,” Finlayson said. 

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