RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory says a new law laying out rules for building wind farms in North Carolina will help create a diverse supply of energy for the state and boost the economy.
McCrory announced he signed five bills into law Friday, among them the measure creating a framework for a new required wind energy permit from the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
The Republican governor said his signature helps develop his "all-of-the-above" energy strategy that includes both traditional and alternative sources. McCrory also has urged President Barack Obama to open mid-Atlantic waters to offshore exploration of natural gas and oil.
"This law will help unleash our state's energy resources to power our economy and enable us to harness those resources in a safe, reliable and cost-effective manner," McCrory said in a statement. "Our pursuit of energy from biofuels, clean coal, natural gas, solar, nuclear and wind are part of a prosperous energy future in North Carolina."
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