On the Blogs: No Place for Partisanship in North Carolina Energy Transition FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享SoutheastEnergyNews.com:It is the reality of the world in which we live — Republicans and Democrats in the North Carolina General Assembly are often divided on complex social and economic issues. However, over 80 percent of legislation, including energy-related bills, are passed with strong bipartisan support.True, there have been some contentious debates over the right path to expanding the renewable energy economy in North Carolina, but earlier this summer it appeared as though we had turned a corner in building consensus on prioritizing renewable energy as an economic driver in our state. The North Carolina House voted 108-11 to pass an energy bill that had been hammered out over the course of a year.Before the vote, more than 30 meetings were held with a diverse set of energy stakeholders that included utilities, the renewable energy industry, environmental groups and customer advocates. These groups don’t often collaborate. But it happened here, and we were hopeful that North Carolina would continue to be recognized for its leadership in making renewable energy projects a reality.These investments and the jobs they create are urgently needed, especially in the rural areas across North Carolina. According to a recent report prepared by RTI International, renewable energy projects have been responsible for nearly $800 million in major investments in the counties that we represent, where unemployment remains stubbornly high.Solar and wind energy have provided one of the few economic bright spots in our corner of the state that is too often ignored by the private businesses that power our state’s economy, as well as by many policymakers who help guide it.In the end, after contentious negotiations and compromise, the bill that Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law included much to celebrate. House Bill 589 modernizes our state’s solar policy and introduces new ways for home and business owners to transform their rooftops into energy generators. But despite our strong opposition, it also placed an unnecessary 18-month moratorium on wind energy development, which jeopardizes up to $1 billion in new investments by two wind projects in some of our most economically distressed counties.Senators who pushed for the moratorium claimed more study is needed to ensure that wind turbines don’t interfere with military operations. But as one recent newspaper editorial stated, that’s absurd – our military officials already have an extensive and thorough review process to ensure nothing interferes with our valuable military operations, including wind turbines, cell towers, tall buildings or trees.While we wholeheartedly agree on the importance of the military’s presence in our state, the recently built Amazon Wind Farm U.S. East in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties has shown beyond a doubt the thoroughness and workability of the existing permitting process at the local, state and federal levels.Further state study on the matter, as required in the legislation, is not needed. Our military and wind projects can co-exist successfully. And as legislators representing eastern North Carolina, we are united in working to keep these two new wind projects on track, so they can receive their final approvals and be built as soon as this ill-conceived moratorium ends.More: Commentary: Renewable energy is an economic issue, not a partisan one
Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Baldwinsvillegirls soccer Having waited 10 1/2 months to get another shot at the side that denied them the Section III Class AA championship in 2018, the Baldwinsville girls soccer team could afford a bit more patience.Both patience and skill, along with a healthy dose of toughness, was needed Tuesday night at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, with the Bees waiting until the late stages of regulation of a tense, exciting battle with Fayetteville-Manlius to get the goals it needed to defeat the Hornets 2-0.The strong starts by both teams in 2019 suggests that B’ville and F-M are on a course toward another sectional final. The Bees entered this game 5-1, having won four in a row, while the Hornets had won each of its first five games.With plenty of skilled players on both sides, a lot of scoring chances were expected, and B’ville got one less than three minutes into the game when Hannah Mimas, who scored eight goals in her previous three games, hit a hard shot from the left side off the crossbar.And that was as close as the Bees would get to score in the early stages. Though it controlled the early flow of play, B’ville’s opportunities waned, and F-M began to assert itself late in the first half, stretching that effort into the second half.A series of corner kicks and free kicks gave the Hornets plenty of opportunities to move out in front, but the Bees’ defense, led by Leah Burrer, Sydney Smith, Emma Warren and Gwyneth Madden, were effective in turning them back.No stop was bigger, though, than the sliding save made by a charging Jenna Boutilier when F-M’s Hannah Knych charged in from the right side for a solo run at the net in the 50th minute. Not only did it keep the game 0-0, the B’ville goalie energized her teammates, who attacked with more consistency the rest of the way.With 14:09 left, Mimas, working from the right corner, drew two defenders and passed it to the middle, where Pia Cavallaro one-timed a shot that eluded Hornets goalie Sydney Mahr and slid inside the right post.Not content with that 1-0 lead, B’ville made more key defensive stops, and Mimas returned to clinch it with 2:59 left, taking a pass from Hannah Johnson and drilling a hard shot from a tough angle into the top left corner of the net.Less than three weeks will pass until the Bees face F-M again Oct. 7, this time on the Hornets’ home turf.In the meantime, B’ville hosted Rome Free Academy on Thursday and had to work hard to beat the Black Knights by that same 2-0 margin.Once again, it was Mimas getting the Bees on the board, only this time it happened in the first half, her goal assisted by Madden, though RFA’s defense did a solid job the rest of the half to keep it 1-0.That slim margin remained in place until, with 18 minutes left, Mimas doubled it, this time scoring off a pass from Taylor Metcalf.Twice more this week, B’ville would be at home, against West Genesee on Tuesday and a rematch Saturday with the New Hartford side that gave the Bees its lone defeat of the season on Aug. 30, with a trip to Liverpool in between.