Wind's just waiting to be ridden in N.C.

A century ago, the Wright Brothers came to North Carolina and discovered the secrets of flight on the strength of abundant coastal winds.

A steady wind still blows along the shore, and it's awaiting a new generation of entrepreneurs to harness its potential – this time to produce electricity.

North Carolina has a significant untapped source of energy, said Bob Leker, renewables program manager for the State Energy Office. But so far, there have been few commercial-scale proposals to tap.

“The U.S. Department of Energy is very interested in North Carolina,” Leker said in remarks this week to the N.C. Coastal Resources Advisory Council, a group that gives input to the state's coastal policymakers. “We have a significant resource by virtue of the miles of coastline and relatively shallow sound.”

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