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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

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

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