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Power Outages Reignite Debate Over Buried Power Lines

After nearly every major storm event resulting in major power outages, utilities, public officials, and customers reexamine the existing electrical distribution infrastructure. And no exception, the most recent hurricanes, Harvey in Houston, Irma in Florida, and Maria in Puerto Rico, have reignited the debate over buried lines and whether the risks are worth the investment. When Harvey hit Texas, Houston had almost 24,000 circuit miles of underground distribution lines and …Read More

International Trade Commission finds harm to U.S. Manufacturers from Solar Panel Imports

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted unanimously last week that domestic producers of solar panels have been significantly harmed by unfair competition from imported solar panels. They have until November to determine if they will recommend a specific remedy to the Trump administration, which could include a tariff on solar panel imports. Suniva, Inc., a U.S. solar panel producer based in Georgia, which declared bankruptcy in April, filed a petition …Read More

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

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Applies for Permits in NC

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is one of the most significant interstate natural gas transmission projects proposed in North Carolina in the past sixty years. The proposed pipeline would begin in Harrison County, West Virginia and extend approximately 550 miles, crossing Virginia into North Carolina, transporting natural gas south from the Marcellus Shale region. The final route of the pipeline is expected to traverse Northampton, Halifax, Nash, Wilson, Johnston, Sampson, Cumberland …Read More