North Myrtle Beach, SC - NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC — "Staffs of both Congressman Henry Brown and Senator Lindsey Graham were supportive of our efforts to use our wind resources to generate energy," said Mayor Marilyn Hatley. They also visited with the staff of Rep. J. Gresham Barrett.
Hatley's comments came after she, Councilman Greg Duckworth and Monroe Baldwin, chair of the NMB Chambers' Economic Development Committee visited Washington, D.C. this past Wednesday to generate support for small wind energy development funding.
Councilman Duckworth and member of the North Strand Coastal Wind Team The visit was to drum up support for a $400,000 to $500,000 federal grant.
Complicating their efforts is the recent House Republican ban on earmarks and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) refusing to submit earmark requests. Sen. Lindsey Graham is the only SC legislator left with constituents in the area to assist the effort.
Duckworth said, "We were up there really to sell an economic development program based on small wind energy systems." He emphasized the North Strand has a sustainable, renewable and green resource that can serve as the basis for a new economic infrastructure in this area.
On the North Myrtle Beach City Council's Monday agenda was the first reading of an ordinance that would establish the permission and parameters for small wind energy systems. Duckworth sees this as a fundamental step in establishing North Myrtle Beach as a demonstration city for small wind energy in building the local economy and developing energy independence.