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A windfarm near Elizabeth City
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The long-running debate pits supporters of wind energy against legislators who fear wind farms pose a hazard to military training.

A bill seeks to protect air space for military exercises by prohibiting wind farms.
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Legislation designed to prevent wind turbine projects from interfering with North Carolina military training operations — threatening the future of installations — no longer contains outright bans on their construction.

A bill seeks to protect air space for military exercises by prohibiting wind farms.
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At least two wind farm developers say they will likely suspend their projects in North Carolina if a proposed moratorium goes into effect. 

A windfarm near Elizabeth City
Jay Price / WUNC

ELIZABETH CITY — In the next few days, the last of an array of 104 wind turbines is expected to be hooked into the electrical grid, and North Carolina's largest wind farm — one of the biggest in the nation — will be complete.

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Dave DeWitt

Locals around here call the flatlands west of Elizabeth City “The Desert.” What was once a swamp was drained by timber companies, and, finally, became farmland.  

And it’s almost always windy, as farmer Horace Pritchard explains.

“If you can see and hear the wind right now, that’s the way the wind blows here 90 percent of the time,” he says.