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PNS Daily Newscast - January 22, 2018 


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Public News Service - NC: Energy Policy

Two eastern North Carolina counties received more than $640,000 in tax payments from the Amazon Wind Farm. (Avangrid Renewables)

BELVIDERE, N.C. – Money may not grow on trees, but it does on wind farms in North Carolina. This month, the Amazon Wind Farm paid the two counties it calls home – Perquimans and Pasquotank – $640,000. The tax revenue makes the farm, powered by Avangrid Renewables, both counties

Drilling off the coast of North Carolina is predicted to harm wildlife and discourage the tourism and fishing industry. (Michael Herzog/flickr)

BEAUFORT, N.C. – On Thursday, the Trump administration announced plans to open up Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf and Arctic waters to offshore drilling. If the Department of the Interior moves forward, it will be the biggest oil and gas lease sale ever. The news is initiating ripples of concern fro

The state is asking additional questions about a proposed natural gas pipeline that Duke Energy and Dominion Energy want to run through Virginia and North Carolina. (keifer.miller/flickr)

Correction: Resending to correct reach of pipeline. RALEIGH, N.C. -- A pipeline that would carry natural gas across North Carolina and Virginia faces another delay in the Tar Heel State, as Department of Environmental Quality officials ask another round of questions about the risks and benefits of

Advocates say Eastern North Carolina stands to gain the most from wind power, since landowners can lease land for more money than they can make in farming. (Jeff Kubina/Flickr)

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. -- North Carolina's wind farm development is in a holding pattern, with three projects stalled because of legislation passed this summer that places a moratorium on wind farms until the state can study the effects of wind farms on its military installations. Clean energy advocat

Dogwood Alliance and Sierra Club produced an informational video on the damage forest harvesting is doing to parts of eastern North Carolina. (Hendy Street Produxions)

CLINTON, N.C. -- North Carolina's hardwood forests - located in the eastern part of the state - are becoming a high demand commodity for a growing energy industry. Parts of Europe are transitioning to the use of wood pellets for power generation and the heating of their homes and businesses. It's

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused billions in damage, and a similar accident is what opponents to oil and gas exploration fear. (Florida Sea Grant/flickr)

BEAUFORT, N.C. – Citizens have two more days to weigh in on restarting the process of offshore drilling on North Carolina's coast. The Trump administration announced it was restarting the process of oil and gas leases earlier this year after the Obama administration put those ocean areas off l

Onshore wind farms offer a source of income for many of North Carolina's rural communities where the farming industry is struggling. (Jeff Kubina/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – The wind energy potential for North Carolina may be stunted by a bill that now sits on Gov. Roy Cooper's desk for a signature. House Bill 589 includes an 18-month moratorium on on-shore wind development - which opponents say could have devastating effects on the industry. K

Two solar farms at First Baptist Church of Mount Olive are now generating enough to power a small town. (Nature Conservancy in North Carolina)

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – This Sunday, at least one North Carolina church will be thankful for the sunny weather of late. First Baptist Church of Mount Olive recently worked with a private company to construct two solar farms on its property - generating more than 20,000-megawatt hours of energy eve

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