Duke Energy will pull the plug on its plan to build up to three wind turbines in North Carolina’s Pamlico Sound, citing high costs, the Charlotte Observer's Bruce Henderson reports.
Duke and UNC Chapel Hill signed a contract in September to work together in the demonstration project, which would evaluate the potential of wind energy and its environmental impacts on the sound.
Duke said it will refocus its work on larger-scale wind projects in offshore waters. High initial costs make a larger project more economically viable than a smaller one, Duke said.
It would cost $88 million to install the first turbine in Pamlico Sound, the company said. The need for shallow-water construction techniques and a growing potential for disturbing underwater vegetation would also complicate the project, Duke said.
“The cost of the project simply exceeds the benefits our customers would receive if we were to continue,” said Paul Newton, Duke’s senior vice president of strategy for its regulated businesses.
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