Bill placing obstacles in front of wind farms clears Senate

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation that would bar wind-energy operations in military training areas across much of North Carolina has cleared the state Senate after the chamber opposed making changes that would allow the construction of more projects.

Senators gave their final approval to the measure Monday night in a 33-14 vote. Bill supporters argue the measure would protect the state’s large military presence by keeping flight training areas clear of tall wind turbines.

The prohibited areas listed cover large swaths of central and eastern North Carolina.

One wind project already under construction could continue if the bill became law. The future of two projects currently seeking federal approval is threatened. An amendment by Sen. Fletcher Hartsell of Concord to grandfather in the two investments was defeated.

The measure next goes to the House.

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