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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,

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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. 

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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

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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

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N.C. Water and Wastewater Infrastructure 2017 Master Plan

Water Pipes

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

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Streamlining Siting of Small Wireless Facilities Around the State

 

House Bill 310 – Wireless Communications Infrastructure Siting – passed both the NC House and Senate overwhelmingly and was signed by the Governor on July 21, 2017 – Session Law 2017-159. Among the legislative findings was that, “[t]he design, engineering, permitting, construction, modification, maintenance, and operation of wireless facilities are instrumental to the provision of emergency services and to increasing access to advanced technology and information for the

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