12 May '18, 11am

Wind power blows into the US Southeast | Recharge - Recharge

On days like this — cloudless blue skies above, winds whipping across empty fields — running a modern wind farm seems almost easy. It’s Friday afternoon, and the half-dozen wind technicians sitting around the control room at Avangrid’s 208MW Amazon Wind Farm North Carolina are more concerned with their weekend plans — beer and basketball figure prominently — than their role in the energy transition. The wind farm is just a year old, yet already feels such a fixture of the landscape and local economy that one might assume it would be commonplace in this unassuming and jobs-hungry corner of North Carolina. In fact, there’s nothing like it for hundreds of miles in any direction. And given the way local politics has been moving, that may not change any time soon. The US wind market is thriving from coast to coast with one striking exception. The Southeast — a vast and varied r...

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