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It was the strong coastal wind that brought the Wright Brothers to North Carolina more than 100 years ago. Today their memorial in Kitty Hawk reminds us of their historic achievement in human ingenuity, and stirs the imagination of the future for wind energy in North Carolina. A 2009 study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill concluded the wind resources off of North Carolina — 56 gigawatts (1,000MW = 1GW) — are the largest on the East Coast. That’s enough electricity to power all of North Carolina’s homes annually. It is our state’s long coastline and the gentle sloping of the ocean floor that make the North Carolina coast an ideal location for offshore wind farms. Although the United States does not yet have any active offshore wind farms, the technology is not new and has been proven to work well. European nations have been effectively generating electricity from offshore wind since the 1990s. Offshore wind turbines work like this: the strong and con-stant Helping families preserve tHeir wealtH, one family at a time. elder law & estate planning Lisa Salines-Mondello, LL.M in Taxation, CELA* VA Accredited Attorney Areas of Practice include: • Tax, Estate and Elder Law Planning • Business Succession • Special Needs Planning and Trusts • Medicaid & Asset Protection Planning • Guardianship • Veteran’s Planning • Estate Planning for Second Marriages • Tax & Estate Planning * Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation 40 WBM june 2015 ocean winds are converted into electricity and cables carry the electricity to shore to be transmitted to consumers via a grid system. There are 50 companies in North Carolina that make parts for onshore wind turbines, like PPG Industries in Shelby that manufactures fiberglass for turbine blades. While North Carolina does not yet have an offshore wind Salines-Mondello Law Firm, PC The Offices at Mayfaire II 6781 Parker Farm Drive, Suite 210, Wilmington, N.C. 28405 910-686-6848 • www.lisa-law.com To receive a free bumper sticker or sponsorship information: The Dove 89.7 FM PO Box 957 • Wilmington, N.C. 28402 • Tel: 910-763-2452 Fax: 910-763-6578 www.life905.com • [email protected] THE WRIGHT STUFF Wind Energy By Za c h a r y Ke i t h


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