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Virginia Commission Schedules Dominion Solar Facility Application

English: Virginia State Corporation Commission...

On Friday February 20th, the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) issued a procedural schedule to review Dominion Virginia Power’s application seeking SCC approval to construct a 20 MW solar electric generating facility in Fauquier County, Virginia.  In addition to seeking approval to construct the facility, Dominion is also seeking approval of a rider to recover the costs of the solar facility, including the distribution facilities necessary to interconnect the facility to the Dominion electric system.

The SCC has set a hearing for this matter on July 16, 2015.  Any parties interested in participating in this proceeding must file a notice of participation with the SCC on or before May 4, 2015.

Our firm has been following this matter since its announcement, and if you have any questions or would like to discuss, please contact any of our renewable energy or utility regulation lawyers.

 

 

Secure Futures Begins Solar Project for University of Richmond

We were pleased to be involved in the University of Richmond and our client, Secure Futures, announcing an agreement to install solar panels on the roof of UR’s Weinstein Center for Recreation and Wellness. “Being a graduate of both Richmond College and the T.C. Williams School of Law, it is particularly rewarding to be involved in this great project for our client and the University,” said Eric Hurlocker, co-managing member of the firm. “Our firm has had a great relationship with Richmond, and we look forward to continuing to be part of the University community.”

Secure Futures is a solar energy developer based in Staunton, Va., founded in 2004. We wrote about the company last November when they received a Solar Innovation of the Year award from the Maryland-D.C.-Virginia Solar Energy Industry Association. Secure Futures now owns and manages approximately 650 kilowatts of solar capacity across the Commonwealth and expects rapid growth in 2015, with a focus on the higher education sector in Virginia. You can follow them on Twitter.

Under the power purchase agreement with University of Richmond, Secure Futures will construct, own and operate a 204-kilowatt solar photovoltaic array. Once in full operation, Secure Futures expects to sell more than 226,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity to the University each year, which is the equivalent to the average annual electricity use of for one campus residence hall. Secure Futures plans to commence construction during the summer of 2015, with commercial operation scheduled to occur before students arrive back to campus for the next school year.

Notably, this project is one of the first to participate in Dominion Virginia Power’s third party power purchase agreement pilot program, which has been implemented by the Virginia State Corporation Commission. The pilot program is the result of 2013 legislation in Virginia that specifically authorizes the development of certain renewable generating facilities, such as solar, and the direct sale of the electricity produced from the facilities to end use customers in Dominion Virginia Power’s service territory. For more information on the University of Richmond project, or any renewable energy matters, please contact one of our solar energy or utility rate lawyers.

Report Shows Residential Electric Users Can Cut Costs with Solar

Customers in 80% of the country’s 50 largest cities would save money if they installed rooftop solar on their homes instead of buying all their electric power from local utilities. That’s from the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center’s Going Solar in America, a 27-page report by the N.C. State University center.

The study claims the perception that solar is too expensive for most homeowners is just plain wrong. Especially in states with high electricity rates – New York and California come to mind – residential solar power is prospering. Report authors Jim Kennerly and Autumn Proudlove say their data concludes consumers nationwide can benefit from solar even in relatively low-utility-rate states.

Like our clients, we are closely watching the solar power market as it matures and costs of entry and use decline. If you want to discuss this or any solar power law issue, please contact one of our utility rate and solar power lawyers.

Brian Greene Again Listed as Legal Elite

January 8, 2015, RICHMOND, VA — For the seventh consecutive year, Virginia Business magazine has recognized Brian R. Greene, co-managing partner of the Virginia-based GreeneHurlocker law firm, as one of its Legal Elite.

Greene’s recognition in the Legislative/Regulatory/Administrative Law section of the publication reflects his long-term practice in utility regulation and energy law, an area he and his partners have been developing for nearly twenty years.  The list is compiled by the votes of members of the Virginia State Bar and organized and sponsored by Virginia Business magazine.

Greene has helped create many of the governing rules in utility distribution and rate regulation over the years of his regional regulatory law practice throughout the mid-Atlantic. This is why he maintains a diverse and sophisticated regional energy practice, representing a wide range of clients in several jurisdictions.

Robust Solar Industry Confirmed by MSN Money

Since our founding, one of our firm’s primary areas of practice has been assisting clients in the development, construction and financing of solar energy projects in Virginia and elsewhere.  Over the course of the past several years, we have continued to see the expanded use of solar energy in the residential, commercial, higher education and industrial markets.  Earlier this week, MSN Money’s Inside the Ticker blog rated the Solar Industry as the #1 Thriving Industry in the United States.  If your business has an interest in solar energy matters, please do not hesitate to contact any of the solar energy  lawyers at GreeneHurlocker.

Back from Solar Focus with Good News

We’ve just returned from Solar Focus 2014, the big Maryland-District of Columbia-Virginia (MDV) Solar Energy Industry Association conference in Washington, D.C. and our client Secure Futures, LLC, was recognized as Solar Innovation of the Year.

This is no small feat, and we offer congratulations to Tony Smith, president, and his management team who “brought to market a new concept, innovation, or product that promises to help advance the solar industry”, according to the award criteria. Secure Futures is a solar development company headquartered in Staunton, VA. They combine state-of–the-art solar technology with an innovative business model to make commercial scale solar readily affordable in Virginia. We’ve been their business counsel since before we formed the law firm, providing commercial and regulatory advice for its solar generation development projects.SEIA-MDV SOlar Focus Sponsor sign

Another piece of good news, as far as we’re concerned, is the group of great companies we were among as sponsors of the conference. Take a look at the banner that greeted the attendees and you can see a lot of industry heavyweights joined us to support the meeting.

We’ll be sharing more about Solar Focus 2014 in the weeks ahead, as we digest the material from the meetings we attended and moderated. If you have questions about the conference or any solar energy issue in Virginia. Maryland or DC, just give Leeron Molloy or Eric Hurlocker a call.

November’s Solar Focus Gets Our Attention

The MDV SEIA’s 8th annual Solar Focus conference, the East Coast’s premier solar conference, is slated for November 17 and 18 in Washington, D.C., and we will be there, all in. We will be one of the sponsoring organizations for this outstanding industry conference. In addition, I will be moderating a panel during the meeting covering consumer protection issues in the region.

Energy professionals across the East Coast will be watching this conference for developing issues and industry trends. Organizers expect more than 300 solar industry leaders from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors will gather together to ensure spirited debate and meaningful dialogue, according the Dana Sleeper, executive director.

The Consumer Protection panel I will moderate on the morning of November 18 includes William Reisinger of the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, Elizabeth Stern from the Maryland Attorney General’s Office and Steven Eisenberg from SRECTrade, a Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SREC) transaction and management firm. We will be discussing actions of state Attorney General offices in pursuing bad actors in the solar market and consumer rights, such as challenges presented by neighbors (especially shade), HOAs, pop ups, and others that infringe upon consumer systems and their ability to become energy-independent.

We look forward to seeing clients and friends at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill during the many social functions and educational events. Let us know if you are planning to attend so that we can be sure to keep an eye out for you.

Eric Hurlocker Elected VP of SEIA MDV

That’s a lot of letters just to tell you that Eric is now vice president of the Board of the Maryland – District of Columbia – Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association, as reported by association exec Dana Sleeper last week.

Eric joined the MDV-SEIA Board of Directors last year and serves as general counsel to the association. His work includes identifying and tracking legislation in the Virginia General Assembly that may affect solar and other renewable power development.

He said, “I am looking forward to expanding my role on the MDV-SEIA board and within the regional solar community. This is a particularly exciting time to be working the solar industry, as there is much change on the national level, the regional level, and particularly in Virginia, where my firm is located.”

MDV-SEIA members design, sell, integrate, install, maintain and finance solar energy equipment for residential, commercial, and institutional customers throughout the region and the membership includes accountants, attorneys, builders, architects, electricians, plumbers, and consultants that support solar industries, according to the group. Solar has made tremendous strides in the Mid-Atlantic over the last few years and MDV-SEIA has led the policy changes that have created this market, reports its website.

GreeneHurlocker Growing On The Move

This week, we’ll be getting ready for our new offices. Yes, we’re moving because we’re nearly busting at the seams, what with new clients and lawyers all around.

We’re occupying a larger and more convenient suite of offices in Libbie Square, an office development in west Richmond in the Willow Lawn corridor, a vibrant and growing area. We will have free parking, convenient access to major highways and other transportation and plenty of great spots to take our clients to lunch.

The address is 1807 Libbie Avenue, Suite 102, Richmond, VA, 23226. (If you forget it, it will be down there on the bottom of our web page.) All other contact details (phones, fax, email) are the same. We’re excited about our growth and the opportunity for more space for meetings and staff. We hope you are, as well, and will come to see us at your earliest opportunity.

Two years old and welcoming our newest associate.

Thanks to you, our clients and friends, GreeneHurlocker – within only two years – has doubled in size. We are grateful for the opportunity to represent companies in the energy and utilities industries, their partners, investors, executives and consumers in matters of regulation, finance, mergers and acquisitions, rates, agreements and, when necessary, litigation. It has been a great two years.

We’ve been gratified by the growth of our client base, which has allowed us to add new lawyers in the last seven months. In July, we welcome Leeron Avnery, an experienced corporate transactions and regulatory lawyer with whom we’ve worked in past years on energy matters.

Leeron will focus on work for renewable energy companies and investors, retail electricity producers and distributors, pricing agreements, procurement contracts, corporate finance and acquisitions. You can read all about Leeron here.