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Winning Bid For Offshore Wind Farm Site Near Kitty Hawk Tops $9 Million PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 16 March 2017 11:40
Avangrid Renewables has been selected to develop North Carolina's first offshore wind farm. The company bid $9.1 million to lease a 122,405-acre offshore track off the coast of Kitty Hawk. 
 
The lease is for one year, during which Avangrid can submit a Site Assessment Plan for approval. Once the plan is approved, Avangrid has four and a half years to submit a Construction and Operations Plan which would detail construction and operation of the project. After an environmental review is finished Avangrid would have a term of 25 years to construct and operate the wind farm.
 
The Triangle Business Journal reports nine energy companies had expressed interest in bidding on the site.
Last Updated on Friday, 17 March 2017 12:19
 
NC Drops Challenge To Federal Power Plant Emission Rules PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 13 March 2017 14:24
A  federal appeals court has released North Carolina from a lawsuit challenging federal requirements for carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.
 
“We are pleased the court granted our motion to withdraw from this case,” said Michael Regan, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality.Regan said. “We did not feel this case was a good use of our agency’s or taxpayers’ resources, and it did not align with our mission. This will enable us to devote more of our time and energy toward protection of air, water and natural resources.”  
 
Then-governor Pat McCrory joined other states in October 2015 to challenge part of the Clean Power Plan that addresses carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.
 
“The court’s decision to grant our motion to withdraw is good news for North Carolina,” North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein said. “Investing in clean energy creates jobs and combats climate change.”
 
Last Updated on Monday, 13 March 2017 14:38
 
Former Senator Fletcher Hartsell Pleads Guilty To Mail Fraud And Filing False Tax Returns PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 17 February 2017 14:59
WBTV reports that former North Carolina Senator Fletcher Hartsell has pleaded guilty to two fedeeral counts of filing false tax returns and one count of mail fraud.
 
Hartsell has been accused of using campaign funds to pay personal expenses.The plea agreement was filed on Friday afternoon, five months after the first of two federal indictments were handed down. Hartsell faced a total of 28 federal charges; the result of two different indictments from a grand jury.
 
Cooper Submits Shovel Ready Projects For Federal Consideration PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 February 2017 10:42
Governor Roy Cooper has submitted several ‘shovel ready’ infrastructure projects to be considered by the federal government.
 
Cooper’s administration provided the list of projects at the request of the National Governors Association.
 
“Moving ahead with shovel ready projects like these will create good paying jobs and provide a shot in the arm to our state’s economy,” said Governor Cooper. “Improving highways and mass transit will make North Carolina an even better place to live and do business.”
 
Projects submitted to the NGA include:
  • Completing I-295 Fayetteville outer loop in Cumberland and Robeson Counties. The 39-mile outer loop would provide interstate connectivity for the region and provide Fort Bragg direct connections to I-95. 
  • Completing the Winston-Salem northern beltway. The 34.2-mile Winston-Salem Northern Beltway is split into eastern and western sections. The eastern section is part of the future I-74 corridor, and is divided into eight sections for construction purposes. The western part is split into 10 sections between U.S. 52 and U.S. 158.
  • Improving the I-40 and I-77 interchange in Iredell County. The first section under construction includes widening I-40 to three lanes in each direction.
  • The second section calls for building two bridges, ramp upgrades for the I-40/77 interchange, additional lanes for I-40 West, a ramp to U.S. 21, and upgrading an I-40 exit.
  • Widening 22.2 miles of I-26 in Buncombe and Henderson Counties. In addition to widening I-26, work will also involve replacing the Blue Ridge Parkway Bridge.
  • Improving I-95 Northampton, Halifax, Nash, Johnston, Harnett, Cumberland, and Robeson Counties. The improvements include a series of pavement rehabilitation projects along much of the 182 miles of the interstate in N.C., interchange additions, and upgrades. It also includes bridge rehabilitation safety projects to raise the clearance heights and the construction of new bridges over the interstate.
  • Completing the Durham-Orange light rail transit project led by the GoTriangle transit agency. The project is a 17.7-mile light rail project that will connect Chapel Hill and Durham and serve 18 stations in areas that have been identified for future compact development and growth. 
  • Widening US 74 in Mecklenburg County. The project would widen Independence Boulevard to three general purpose lanes in each direction, construct one or two express toll lanes in the median in each direction, and convert highway to an expressway.
  • Widening I-485 in Mecklenburg County. The proposal would add one express toll lane in each direction along I-485 from I-77 to U.S. 74 (Independence Boulevard) in Mecklenburg County.
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 February 2017 10:49
 
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