The nation’s largest independent wind farm developer said Friday that it has abandoned its original plans for a 49-turbine project in Eastern North Carolina.
Chicago-based Invenergy’s reconsideration of its proposed Pantego Wind Energy project comes after months of delays caused by risks that would be deal-breakers for just about any wind farm.
The Pantego project’s spinning blades pose a potential threat to bald eagles roosting and foraging in Beaufort County, and they would create a collision risk for F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jets making practice runs from nearby Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. ...
Invenergy proposed the Pantego project in September 2011, with operations set to get under way in December 2012. The wind farm was approved by the N.C. Utilities Commission in March 2012 but quickly ran into trouble with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the military.
No major wind farm proposed in North Carolina has reached construction despite the fact that the state has some of the best wind resources along the East Coast.Preliminary estimates last spring said the Pantego wind farm could kill 3.4 to 20.7 bald eagles a year. In the summer, the military warned that the project could result in pilot deaths.