Governor Roy Cooper may face a tough choice with pending energy legislation. A bill on his desk could force him to boost the state's bright solar industry at the expense of wind power.
Cooper must weigh whether to sign legislation that could make solar power production more competitive and less expensive for Charlotte-based Duke Energy and its customers. But the final bill also contains a moratorium on wind energy projects.
Sen. Harry Brown says the delay on issuing wind farm permits is needed to provide time to ensure towers don't interfere with military flight training.
Brown says it will also protect jobs associated with the bases.
Wind energy advocates say the moratorium is unnecessary. Executives for two proposed wind facilities have suggested the projects will halt if the moratorium becomes law.
The military has not publicly stated any objections to the wind farms.
Cooper has until July 30th to sign the bill.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.