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Cooper Seeks To Ignite NC Wind Projects, Sets Power Goal

"Wind turbine blades" by vaxomatic is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Gov. Roy Cooper has unveiled more efforts to boost development of generating wind turbine energy off the North Carolina coast over the next two decades. The governor issued an executive order Wednesday setting electric production goals for 2030 and 2040 that if met would be the equivalent of powering over 2 million homes. He also directed the Commerce Department to create a task force that would seek to advance projects and boost their economic benefits. The state’s military affairs and environmental departments also have roles to play. Cooper says the wind power will help meet Clean Energy Plan targets of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.