In energy news outside of wannabe energy hub central (aka Charlotte):
A proposal to build a 300-megawatt wind energy farm in the northeast corner of North Carolina has so far cleared a major milestone that has long eluded wind power in this state: It has generated no organized opposition.
Indeed, the lack of controversy prompted the N.C. Utilities Commission to cancel a portion of today's public hearings in Raleigh that had been set aside to hear expert testimony from accountants and engineers.
Instead, the commission will hear from citizens about the proposal to erect up to 150 turbines, each structure nearly 500 feet tall from ground level to outstretched blade tip, on 31 square miles of farmland.
The $600 million Desert Wind Energy Project near Elizabeth City in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties would be the state's first commercial-scale wind farm and one of the biggest in the nation. It would generate enough electricity to power between 55,000 and 70,000 homes.
Read the rest of this News & Observer article, by John Murawski, here.