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Local Ordinances Play a Major Role in Green Infrastructure

Local governments can do a lot to promote and improve green infrastructure by implementing best practices and fostering emerging technologies. Just look at what Atlanta, Georgia and Raleigh, North Carolina have done through their local ordinances this year.

On November 20, 2017, Atlanta City Council unanimously adopted a new infrastructure regulation that requires all new residential and commercial buildings to install electrical infrastructure to support Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers.

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Avoided Cost Rates for PURPA Qualifying Facilities Decline after House Bill 589 and NC Utilities Commission Order

There will be a decline in avoided cost rates to be paid to renewable energy and other qualifying facilities (QFs) subject to the Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act of 1978 (PURPA). New rates have been filed by Duke Energy Progress, Duke Energy Carolinas and Dominion in Docket E-100, Sub 148 and will go into effect on November 28th unless a party in that docket files specific objections as to

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New Rules Adopted for the Competitive Procurement of Renewable Energy Program

On July 28, 2017, the NC Utilities Commission issued an order initiating a rulemaking procedure to adopt and amend the Commission’s rules to implement N.C.G.S. 62-110.8 (House Bill 589) that was enacted this past summer.  House Bill 589 requires Duke Energy Progress and Duke Energy Carolinas (together, “Duke Energy”) to develop a program for the competitive procurement of renewable energy (“CPRE”) in order to procure 2,660 MW of renewable

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NC Utilities Commission Proposes Rules for Solar Panel Lessors

Section VI of HB 589, named the “Distributed Resources Access Act,” creates new opportunities in North Carolina for solar energy development in ways other than utility-scale solar farms. It authorizes, for the first time, the leasing of solar energy facilities for retail customers and subscription to shared community solar energy facilities.   N.C.G.S. § 62-126.7 states, “No person shall engage in the leasing of a solar energy facility without having

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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

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NC Utilities Commission to Issue Rules for Competitive Procurement of Renewable Energy

The NC Utilities Commission is working in Docket E-100, Sub 150 on rules to implement House Bill 589 – An Act to Reform North Carolina’s Approach to Integration of Renewable Electricity Generation through Amendment of Laws Related to Energy Policy and to Enact the Distributed Resources Act.

One of the main components of the new law requires electric public utilities to create a competitive procurement program for 2,660 megawatts

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