>Wind Farm Demonstration Project Planned for Pamlico Sound, North Carolina

>The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a notice of intent in the federal register stating that it intends to prepare a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC Offshore Wind Demonstration Project, which will include the construction of up to three power generating wind turbines within Pamlico Sound, Dare County, North Carolina.

Once constructed, the Demonstration Project will allow Duke Energy and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to evaluate the ecological risks, engineering obstacles, and potential mitigation measures associated with water-based wind energy development in North Carolina, and help determine if commercial-scale wind energy development is feasible.

A public scoping meeting will be held in Manteo, North Carolina on Mar. 18.