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July 2017

UPDATE: HB 589 becomes Law with Wind Energy Moratorium; Governor Issues Executive Order in Response

Governor Roy Cooper signed the Competitive Energy Solutions for NC, Session Law 2017-192, on Thursday July 27, 2017. Although the new law contains an 18-month moratorium on the issuance of new permits for wind energy facilities in the state, the governor also simultaneously issued Executive Order No. 11, “Promoting Wind Energy Development” ordering the state to proceed with the review and processing of wind energy permit applications. The new law is the …Read More

N.C. Water and Wastewater Infrastructure 2017 Master Plan

The N.C. State Water Infrastructure Authority was created in 2013 to assess and make recommendations concerning the State’s water and wastewater infrastructure needs and award funding. The Authority recently released the 2017 Master Plan for North Carolina’s water and wastewater infrastructure. The Master Plan is designed as a resource for owners and operators of water and wastewater utilities and systems that serve the public. It identifies best practices for utility …Read More

Streamlining Siting of Small Wireless Facilities Around the State

  House Bill 310 – Wireless Communications Infrastructure Siting – passed both the NC House and Senate overwhelmingly and was signed by the Governor on July 21, 2017 – Session Law 2017-159. Among the legislative findings was that, “[t]he design, engineering, permitting, construction, modification, maintenance, and operation of wireless facilities are instrumental to the provision of emergency services and to increasing access to advanced technology and information for the citizens …Read More

NC Legislature Restructures State Renewable Energy Policy

Currently sitting on Governor Cooper’s desk awaiting signature, veto, or just allowing it to go into effect after 30 days, is the “Competitive Energy Solutions for NC” bill (HB 589). On the last day of the 2017 session, the North Carolina General Assembly passed this bill that would, among other things, restructure how North Carolina implements the federal Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act of 1978 (“PURPA”).  This legislation would make …Read More

Water and Sewer System Development Fee Legislation Awaits Governor’s Signature

Local governments, real estate developers, and all who are interested in how infrastructure development fees are allocated and assessed in North Carolina should take a moment to review House Bill 436, which was ratified by the General Assembly on June 29, 2017. After much debate in the Legislature this session around the issue, the ratified version of HB 436 would not eliminate the authority of counties and cities to assess …Read More