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NC Utilities Commission Proposes Rules for Solar Panel Lessors

Section VI of HB 589, named the “Distributed Resources Access Act,” creates new opportunities in North Carolina for solar energy development in ways other than utility-scale solar farms. It authorizes, for the first time, the leasing of solar energy facilities for retail customers and subscription to shared community solar energy facilities.   N.C.G.S. § 62-126.7 states, “No person shall engage in the leasing of a solar energy facility without having applied …Read More

The “Positives” of Battery and Micro-grid Development

In addition to flying a kite in a thunderstorm, Benjamin Franklin also coined the terms “positive” and “negative” to describe concepts in his experiments on electric current batteries in the 1740s. Battery storage has come a long way since the days of Franklin’s experiments, and many believe that we are on the verge of technological breakthroughs that can be game changers in our electric power infrastructure. Earlier this summer, Alevo …Read More

Court of Appeals Overturns County Decision to Deny Solar Farm

This blog post is guest authored by Smith Moore Leatherwood attorneys Colin Tarrant and Beth Scherer. In Innovative Solar 55, LLC v. Robeson Cty, the Court of Appeals recently held that a conditional use permit (CUP) needed to construct a solar farm was wrongfully denied by the local County Commissioners and ordered the permit to be issued.  Smith Moore Leatherwood was honored to represent the solar farm developer in this case.  Key …Read More

Duke Energy Progress Files for Rate Case

On June 1, Duke Energy Progress (DEP) filed an Application for a rate increase with the N.C. Utilities Commission.  The filing can be found here:  http://starw1.ncuc.net/ncuc/ViewFile.aspx?Id=7e497cdb-bbfb-491d-ba4c-d52764d37112 The $477.5 million revenue increase, as proposed, would be distributed among classes of customers and result in rate increases as follows: 16.7% for the residential class, 15.4% for the small general service class, 12.9% for the medium general service class, 13.4% for the large …Read More

Protecting Utilities with a Practical, Cost-Effective Cybersecurity Program

Key takeaways Utilities are frequently targeted by cyber-attackers because they represent a critical component of infrastructure and are aggregating large quantities. Utilities of all sizes are a target, particularly in view of their increased reliance on data and proliferation of ransomware that can disable or disrupt services. “It is a technical issue, and we have good IT” is not an answer. Even the best IT is vulnerable. Technical assessments alone …Read More