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North Carolina Licensing Requirements for Rooftop Solar Installations

House Bill 589, which was enacted last year, contained two sections that should facilitate more rooftop solar installation:  Part VI created a mechanism for leasing solar energy facilities; and Part VIII created a solar rebate program.  Even before this legislation, North Carolina was one of the fastest growing solar power markets in America.   Accordingly, many out-of-state businesses are looking at solar energy opportunities in the state.   In addition to meeting …Read More

NC Utilities Commission Rules in Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC Rate Case and Grants Extension for Compliance Filing until July 12, 2018

The North Carolina Utilities Commission (“Commission’) issued an Order Accepting Stipulation, Deciding Contested Issues and Requiring Revenue Reduction (“Order”) in the Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC (“DEC”) rate case on June 22, 2018. The full Order can be found here. http://starw1.ncuc.net/NCUC/ViewFile.aspx?Id=80a5a760-f3e8-4c9a-a7a6-282d791f3f23 Due to Motions for Clarification filed after the Order was issued, the Commission extended until July 12, 2018, the time for DEC to calculate and file its annual revenue requirement …Read More

New Forms for Renewable Energy Facilities at the N.C. Utilities Commission

The N.C. Utilities Commission has issued new forms for Renewable Energy Producers that will be required beginning May 1, 2018. These include: (1) a new Certificate for Public Convenience and Necessity (“CPCN”) Application; (2) a new Report of Proposed Construction for projects that do not require a CPCN; (3) a Registration Statement which is required for any Renewable Energy Facility seeking Renewable Energy Credits and/or to participate in the new …Read More

UPDATE: Trump Issues Tariff on Solar Panels

On January 22, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lightizer announced President Trump’s approval of safeguard tariffs on imported solar cells and modules, following the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) hearings and recommendations. The tariffs will be applied over the next four years as follows, with a decline of 5% each year:    Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Safeguard Tariff on Modules and Cells 30% 25% …Read More

ITC Recommendations Include Tariffs on Solar Panels from Mexico and South Korea

Following a unanimous decision in September by the International Trade Commission (ITC) that domestic producers of solar panels have been significantly harmed by imports, the ITC sent a final report to the White House in November with proposed remedies. The four commissioners presented three different recommendations in the report to be implemented over a four-year period. The ITC found that U.S. imports from Canada, Australia, U.S.‐Dominican Republic  ( the Central …Read More