Center for Climate, Energy, Environment and Economics Newsletter: Friday, October 20, 2017
The Politics of Energy in North Carolina - Rep. John Szoka to Visit Carolina Law on October 23
Please join us on Monday, October 23, from noon until 1:00 pm in Room 4085, when Representative John Szoka will join us to discuss the politics of energy in North Carolina. Representative Szoka represents NC House District 45, Cumberland County. Rep. Szoka is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Army, and has owned and operated several small businesses in Fayetteville. He is a long-time advocate of energy independence, energy efficiency, and consumer choice. As one of the architects of North Carolina’s new renewable energy legislation (House Bill 589, “Competitive Energy Solutions for North Carolina”), Rep. Szoka is at the forefront of energy policies in our state. We welcome him to Carolina Law to provide his perspective on the state’s new renewable energy and on North Carolina's energy policy going forward.
This event is co-hosted by CE3, ELP, and VALOR. Lunch will be provided.
Annual Environmental Justice Summit Trip
The Annual North Carolina Environmental Justice Summit is coming up! The summit takes place over Fall Break, October 20-21, 2017, and this year's theme is: "Building People's Power Against State Violence Through the Lens of Environmental Justice." Students or others interested in attending or to request more information can contact Prof. Savasta-Kennedy:
Save the Date - The Festival of Legal Learning and Environmental Law Symposium, February 9-10, 2018
Mark your calendars now! The Festival of Legal Learning, Carolina Law's popular 12-hour CLE program, returns to the Friday Center in Chapel Hill Friday and Saturday, February 9th and 10th. As usual, the Environmental Law Symposium will occur on Saturday morning, followed by the CE3 networking reception. We hope to see many of you there! Check here for program details and to register.
Understanding Changes to North Carolina's Renewable Energy Policies: Implementing HB 589
This webinar provided an overview of HB 589, Competitive Energy Solutions for NC, and situated the bill within the larger energy and renewables landscape of the state. In addition to discussing the policy and philosophy differences between how PURPA has been implemented to date and HB 589, the webinar included a detailed overview of the statute and the practical implications of implementing HB 589 – what has changed, what open questions remain, who will benefit, and the likely processes that will be used. Current rulemaking by the North Carolina Utilities Commission relating to renewables as also discussed, including the competitive bid process. To help spread the word about HB 589 and the webinar, Heather Payne also authored a guest blog on the UNC Institute for the Environment page. Many thanks to Gray Styers, Partner, Infrastructure and Development Leader, Smith Moore Leatherwood, for partnering with us on this informational session!
New Scholars Profiled!
Scholars profiled since our last newsletter include Barton H. Thompson, Jr. (June 2017), Sandra B. Zellmer (July 2017), Jedediah Purdy (August 2017), Jonathan Z. Cannon (September 2017), and Harrison C. Dunning (October 2017)! Keep up to date by going to our Scholars page or by liking CE 3 on Facebook or following us on Twitter (@UNCCE3), where the new profile is posted monthly.
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