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Recent GreeneHurlocker News

Virginia Energy Laws and Regulations Demystified

The GreeneHurlocker law firm has just published Principles of Electric Utility Regulation in Virginia, a guidebook designed to provide a plain-English explanation of some of the state laws regulating Virginia’s two largest monopoly electric utilities, explained co-managing member Eric Hurlocker, one of the firm’s energy law attorneys.

“The statutes governing Virginia’s electric utilities, found in Title 56 of the Code of Virginia, are extremely complex, but we’ve made our best effort at helping citizens who must do business with and purchase energy from Dominion Energy Virginia and Appalachian Power Company understand the rules in plain English,” said Hurlocker.

Co-Authored by regulatory lawyer Will Reisinger at the firm, the guidebook and its glossary of key terms is intended to be a reference tool for those who want to gain a better understanding of utility regulation and energy policy in Virginia.

“We hope this document will be useful for legislators and their staff, lobbyists, the media, as well as all citizens,” stated Reisinger.

Hurlocker has focused for more than two decades on advising clients in the areas of energy law as well as commercial transactions and general corporate work for energy and technology companies, manufacturers and services providers. After working in large law firms and for utility firms, Hurlocker joined with Brian Greene five years ago to form the GreeneHurlocker firm, which concentrates on work in energy law and for businesses in the energy space.

Reisinger, before joining GreeneHurlocker in 2016, served in the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia representing ratepayers in energy and utility matters before the Virginia State Corporation Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Supreme Court of Virginia. Earlier, he was a staff attorney for a non-profit environmental organization, where he worked to enforce state and federal environmental standards.

Persons interested in a copy of the guidebook can contact Hurlocker, Reisinger or download the complete guidebook here.

Back at Solar Focus!

We are very proud to be among the great sponsors of Solar Focus 2017 here in Washington DC!  We are looking forward to another great conference and supporting the continued growth of solar generation in the Mid Atlantic!

If you are here, please join us for coffee this morning.

Will Reisinger On Faculty for Renewable Energy CLE

Will ReisingerWill Reisinger energy lawyer, counsel in energy law and regulation, will be one of the faculty for the Renewable Energy in Virginia CLE, co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Section of the Virginia State Bar and produced by the Virginia CLE section of the Virginia Law Foundation, on Friday, September 22.

The two-hour session will be a live web broadcast on the Virginia CLE website on Friday, September 22 at 10:00 a.m. and will be rebroadcast Tuesday, October 24 with a live question and answer session.

Virginia CLE said the educational program will be a “primer on the regulatory environment for renewable energy in the Commonwealth” [and] “will spotlight the most pressing issues new projects face, offer must-knows to advise a client in this space, and take a look ahead at the evolving landscape.” In addition to Reisinger, faculty will include Will Cleveland of the Southern Environmental Law Center and Matt Gooch of the Office of Attorney General of Virginia.

Before joining GreeneHurlocker in 2016, Reisinger served in the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia representing ratepayers in energy and utility matters before the Virginia State Corporation Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Supreme Court of Virginia. Earlier, he was a staff attorney for a non-profit environmental organization, where he worked to enforce state and federal environmental standards. Reisinger is a frequent speaker on energy law and environmental regulation.

If you want informaiotn on this CLE, or on any issues in renewable energy law, please contact Will or one of our energy regulatory lawyers.


Journey to Japan

Each summer, teams from Richmond Little League play teams from Saitama, Japan.  My son Avi and I are excited to be in the Richmond contingent traveling to Japan this year. All in, there are 23 11- and 12-year-olds and 11 chaperones. My goal is to use this blog to keep everyone updated about our Japanese adventures. So, please check this blog periodically and allow me to share my adventures with you!

Helping Cancer Patients and Families with Legal Issues

Our firm was pleased to host a July 12 Life Planning Workshop for CancerLINC, a non-profit that connects cancer patients and their families with legal assistance, financial and community resources. The workshop was headed up by Andy Nea of Williams Mullen and staffed by Capital One attorneys including Robbie Basset, Graham Rollins and Nick Klaiber.  Legal services included preparing wills, Powers of Attorney (POAs) and Advanced Medical Directives (AMDs) for CancerLINC clients free of charge.

Some photos below include the volunteer lawyers and a few of the clients they served. For more information on CancerLINC, go to their website.

lawyers at Life Planning Workship 7-12

CancerLINC Volunteers at the Life Planning Workshop

Life Planning clients 7-12

CancerLINC clients

35th Annual National Regulatory Conference!

National Regulatory Conference logoGreeneHurlocker lawyers attended the 35th Annual National Regulatory Conference on May 18-19, 2017, in Williamsburg, Virginia. GreeneHurlocker attorneys Eric Wallace and Will Reisinger served on the conference planning committee for the past several months. This year’s agenda featured excellent speakers lined up to discuss important issues affecting utility regulation, including: (1) opportunities and obstacles for renewable energy markets; (2) the future for utilities in the capital markets; (3) the role of public-private partnerships in infrastructure development; (4) the pros and cons of subsidies; and (5) current issues in natural gas supply and production.

The attorneys of GreeneHurlocker look forward each year to the opportunity to meet new energy industry stakeholders and reconnect with industry friends and colleagues at the National Regulatory Conference – we hope to see you there! If you will not be able to attend this year and would like to learn more about the issues being discussed at the conference, or if you have any other questions regarding energy regulation in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, or elsewhere in our region, please contact one of GreeneHurlocker’s regulatory and energy attorneys.

Nutriati Feeds Growth With New Investment

chickpeasOur client Nurtiati Inc. has gotten some great news that will help it expand its ability to bring healthy gluten-free protein to the nutritional foods market. A consortium of venture capital firms in London, Richmond and San Francisco is putting in $8 million towards the firm’s acquisition and processing of chickpeas into powder that can be used in making snack bars, baking mixes, shakes and as a substitute for eggs, wheat, soy and milk.

We were excited to be part of the team that has worked with Nutriati to get to this point. We are very confident that Nutriati has a robust future and are so proud of its founders Richard Kelly and Michael Spinelli. They also were the winner of ChamberRVA’s Innovator Award last fall.

If you want to know more about how we worked with Nurtiati on this financing or about corporate capital and financial law, please contact one of our business and corporate lawyers.

Charlottesville Sets Sights on Renewables

future of renewables meetingIndustry and business leaders in Charlottesville are poised to put a big effort behind renewable energy at the upcoming Tom Tom energy program April 13 & 14. “Innovations in Energy: Future of Renewables” is the agenda on Thursday, April 13 (6PM) at the Paramount Theater. The next day, they will be launching the Charlottesville Renewable Energy Alliance at a Founders Summit Luncheon, an initiative that will positively impact Charlottesville’s community and economy. A number of our clients and friends are among those spearheading this new focus.

We’re definitely showing up and we hope you will look for us when you join the crowd at this innovative new group. If you have any questions about the renewable energy initiative or renewable energy development, please call Eric Hurlocker or any of our energy lawyers.

My, How We Danced!

Congratulations to the students, organizers and all the dancers who joined in at Deep Run High School’s Marathon Dance last Friday and Saturday. We were excited to be among the sponsors and in the gym for a lot of the amazing music and movement. Almost $175,000 was raised by these terrific teenagers to benefit twelve local charities. Good works and tired feet! But, what a dance!