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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

High Point Seeks Economic Development with Baseball

The City of High Point, North Carolina seeks to make a significant public investment in construction of a downtown baseball stadium which would be home to an Atlantic League (Independent) baseball team. The city wants to use the ballpark as a lynchpin for a broader downtown economic development plan. High Point seeks to take a page from the economic development playbook of quite a few other North Carolina municipalities that …Read More

Update: Water and Sewer System Development Fee Bill becomes Law with Governor’s Signature

A few weeks ago, we noted how Ratified House Bill 436 might affect system development fees for public water and sewer systems in North Carolina.   On July 20, the Governor signed House Bill 436 into law.  For more information or an in depth analysis of how this legislation affects local government policies and/or development obligations of landowners, please contact Gray Styers, Tom Terrell, or Katye Jobe. Please follow and like …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