Coal, Gas, Wind

UNC, Duke make the grade on coastal wind project

6 October 2009– Duke Energy is teaming up with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to place up to three demonstration wind turbines in Pamlico Sound, one of the first set of turbines placed in water in the United States.

The pilot project follows a nine-month study by UNC for the state General Assembly that found North Carolina was well positioned to develop utility-scale wind production.

As part of the demonstration, studies will be done to measure and predict where the wind is coming from, ecological impacts and turbine performance in tropical storm conditions. UNC will continue the research while Duke Energy will buy the turbines and install them.

Duke Energy has 634 MW of land-based wind energy in Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming, another 99 MW under construction and an additional 251 MW of wind projects scheduled to begin operation in 2010.
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