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So Pleased to Join the Last Dance

GreeneHurlocker was very proud to be a long-time supporter of the Deep Run Marathon Dance, which in its final year raised over $197,000.  Over the twelve-year run of the Dance, the passionate teenagers at Deep Run High School and community volunteers raised nearly $2.2 million for worthy local non-profits.

It is always a privilege for us to join in local causes that benefit the community. We’ve supported others in past years including the Rutlin Torah AcademyUnited Way, Commonwealth Catholic Charities’ undocumented youth project and CancerLINC. If you want to know more about our community involvement, contact any of our lawyers.

Here are a few photos we took last weekend:

Last Chance to Don Those Dancing Shoes, Deep Run!

For over a decade, the madness of March includes the Deep Run Marathon Dance. GreeneHurlocker has been a steady supporter of this great event, which will be held for the final time March 16 and March 17, at Deep Run High School.  The Marathon Dance benefits the charities of our local community, and since it began, Deep Run High School students, of all grades, have raised about two million dollars for local charities.  The event has become the second largest high school dance marathon in the country is run and put together by the help of the student committee. Watch their video about the 2018 effort on the Facebook page.

Stay tuned for pictures and updates from this year’s Marathon Dance.#DRMD18

Put on Those Dancing Shoes, Deep Run!

For over a decade, part of the madness of March includes the Deep Run Marathon Dance. GreeneHurlocker is pleased to return as supporter of this great event, which will be held tomorrow and Saturday, March 17 and 18, at Deep Run High School.  The Marathon Dance benefits the charities of our local community, and since it began, Deep Run High School students, of all grades, have raised close to two million dollars for local charities.  The event has become the second largest high school dance marathon in the country is run and put together by the help of the student committee.

Stay tuned for pictures and updates from this year’s Marathon Dance.

Paul Allen Named to Paralegal, Operations Roles

Paul Allen, paralegalPaul Allen has been hired as paralegal and operations manager for the law firm of GreeneHurlocker, co-managing member Eric Hurlocker announced today.

“Paul’s broad skill set allows us to utilize his strong organizational abilities and years of experience in legal research and case management to assist our lawyers in solving client problems as well as keeping our office running smoothly,” said Hurlocker.

Allen is a 2005 graduate of Hampden Sydney College with a double major in political science and economics. He has worked as a paralegal for both local Richmond and national law firms. His career also includes stints in the tourism industry and acting in television and local productions.

GreeneHurlocker Moves Law Office to Expanded Space in Richmond’s Willow Lawn Area

GreeneHurlocker is moving to larger office space in the Willow Law area of Richmond as of October 1, 2014, co-managing partner Brian Greene reported today.

The firm will operate from 1807 Libbie Avenue in Suite 102, expanding its office square footage by over 40%, accommodating growth in both lawyers and clients. The new location will have convenient free parking, multiple conference rooms, and expanded technology and infrastructure. It will also have its own entrance with a courtyard. The move will provide enhanced efficiencies and amenities for the firm’s clients and will place GreeneHurlocker near Willow Lawn, one of the Richmond area’s most vibrant and exciting developments with its increasing number of restaurants and shopping opportunities.

“This is the perfect time for us to relocate because our client base is growing, and we have brought in new lawyers to continue to serve our clients efficiently and effectively,” said co-managing partner Eric Hurlocker.

“Also, we are fortunate to have a variety of Virginia and mid-Atlantic clients in the energy and business sectors. Our new location will provide clients with easy access, and the increased square footage and enhanced technology will benefit our clients immensely,” he explained.

GreeneHurlocker’s lawyers practice primarily before regulatory commissions and courts in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., and throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

GreeneHurlocker, PLC, located in Richmond, Virginia, provides a broad range of energy law, transactional, administrative/regulatory law, litigation, and corporate services. Formed over two years ago, GreeneHurlocker is committed to delivering the highest quality legal services to its corporate, energy, utility and renewable energy industry clients in a professional, effective and cost-efficient manner. Contact the firm for more information at greenehurlocker.com, and follow the firm on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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.

GreeneHurlocker Partners Again Selected As Virginia Super Lawyers

RICHMOND, VA, July 14, 2014 — GreeneHurlocker co-managing partners Brian Greene and Eric Hurlocker have been recognized as 2014 Super Lawyers in the area of Energy and Natural Resources, as published in the listing publication by Thomson Reuters.

Greene has been listed in nine consecutive editions of the Virginia Super Lawyers and Hurlocker has been listed in the most recent two. According to the publisher, only five percent of all attorneys in Virginia are recognized as Super Lawyers.

Greene maintains a diverse and sophisticated regional energy practice, representing a wide range of clients in several jurisdictions for regulatory, market and business matters. Hurlocker focuses 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, with a focus on renewable energy markets and investors. The GreeneHurlocker firm is currently celebrating its second anniversary.

The selections for this list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers through a patented review and rating process. The list is a Thomson Reuters business, and calls itself a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The mission of Super Lawyers is to bring visibility to those attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice.

The Super Lawyers lists are published in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines across the country. The Super Lawyers Magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law.

Renewable Energy Industry Legislation Activity in 2014 Virginia General Assembly

We watched a lot of bills arrive and die in the Virginia General Assembly session this past year (a session that still has yet to pass a budget for the state). Here is a brief look at a few initiatives impacting renewable energy development in Virginia that have been enacted or remain active for future sessions.

Senate Bill 653: Renewable Energy Property Grant Fund.

S.B 653 was intended to offset costs to install new renewable energy facilities by offering grants to cover a portion of these costs. This bill defines “renewable energy” as energy derived from sunlight, wind, falling water, biomass, waste, landfill gas, municipal solid waste, wave motion, tides or geothermal power, but does not include energy derived from coal, oil, natural gas, or nuclear power.  The idea was to establish a grant system through which the $10 million fund would allow individuals who placed new renewable energy property into service during a fiscal year 2016 to apply for a grant equal to 40 percent of the costs paid or incurred by the individual, not to exceed $2.5 million for any particular project.

The bill was passed by both the House and the Senate, but amended so that only 35 percent, rather than 40 percent, of the costs may be recovered through a grant. In addition, costs related to existing facilities that generated electricity within the 12 months preceding the date of a grant application would not be eligible and any renewable energy property paid for by ratepayers would also be ineligible. The provisions of act will not become effective unless it is reenacted by the General Assembly in 2015.

Senate Bill 418/House Bill 1239: Real and Personal Property Tax Exemptions for Solar Energy Equipment, Facilities and Devices.

These bills provide an exemption from local taxation for all certified solar energy equipment, facilities and devices. The exemption for solar photovoltaic systems would only apply to projects equaling 20 megawatts or less. It adds “solar energy equipment, facilities, or devices” to the definition of certified pollution control equipment and facilities, whether or not the property has been certified to the Virginia Department of Taxation by a state certifying authority if the property is owned or operated by a business and fits within the 20 megawatt cap. These bills also establish a separate tax classification for other solar energy equipment, facilities, or devices if they are certified by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.  Unlike the business-owned solar property, which is exempted by these bills, whether or not the separately classified individual-owned solar property is partially or fully tax exempt is up to the governing body of the individual’s county, city or town.

These bills were signed into law by Governor McAuliffe, taking effect January 1, 2015.

Senate Bill 514/House Bill 796: Postponed the Due Date for Quadrennial Updates to the Virginia Energy Plan.

Amending § 67-202 of the Code of Virginia, these bills postponed scheduled Virginia Energy Plan updates from July 1, 2014 to October 1, 2014. The plan then has to be updated every four years after the update this October. Updates to the plan must reassess goals for energy conservation based on progress toward the goals in the previous plan and lessons learned from attempts to meet those goals. These bills passed both houses and were signed into law by the Governor.

The 2010 Virginia Energy Plan aims to (1) expand both traditional and alternative energy generation, (2) increase the use of conservation and efficiency, and (3) educate the public about Virginia’s energy consumption and production, emphasizing how they affect our economy and teaching Virginians ways to energy more efficiently. Additionally, the plan strives to maximize the Commonwealth’s investments in clean energy research and development through the Universities Clean Energy Development and the Economic Stimulus Foundation. This law takes effect July 1, 2014.

Senate Bill 498/House Bill 822: Changed Virginia’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Program.

These bills limit the ability of an electric utility participating in the renewable energy portfolio standard (“RPS”) program to bank excess renewable energy sales or renewable energy certificates (“RECs”) to achieve its annual RPS goals. A utility may use its excess renewable energy sales and RECs only in the five years following the renewable energy generation or the REC creation. This bill was approved by both houses and signed into law by the Governor.

The goal of these bills is to encourage utilities to continue to expand use of renewable generation to achieve current goals of the plan, but not to bank excess RECs in the short term when RPS goals are lower to use in later years when RPS goals increase, or may even become required. Companies are able to bank excess RECs for five years after their creation before they no longer count toward the utility’s RPS goal.

Virginia’s RPS goals are laid out in four stages, starting in 2010 and running through 2024. In each subsequent stage, the RPS goal increases by a specified percentage. This law takes effect July 1, 2014.

If you have questions about any of these laws and how they might impact your business, please contact the energy lawyers at GreeneHurlocker for more information.

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Eric Hurlocker Named to State Panel Studying Solar Power Issues

RICHMOND, VA, April 30, 2014 — Eric Hurlocker, a founding partner of GreeneHurlocker PLC, has been named to the Small Solar Working Group (SSWG) Stakeholder Group on Distributed Solar Generation and Net Metering formed to advise the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals & Energy and the Department of Environmental Quality, reports Brian Greene co-managing partner of the firm.

Hurlocker has focused his practice 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 for the past twenty years. He graduated from the University of Richmond, was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, and earned his law degree from the University’s School of Law, magna cum laude.

The SSWG was established at the request of stakeholders and with DEQ Director David Paylor’s support. It began meeting in the summer of 2013. It is now comprised of approximately 50 representatives from the solar industry, utilities, conservation groups, local government, state agencies, and academia. The goal of the group is informally and collaboratively to seek common ground in encouraging solar development in Virginia, in keeping with the Commonwealth’s energy policy.

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