2019 Appalachian Clean Energy CLE

Friday, September 27, 2019
Registration Link


The 2019 Appalachian Clean Energy CLE workshop will provide attorneys and other attendees with knowledge on issues related to clean energy facing North Carolina. This workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Executive Order 80 Clean Energy Plan development and implementation
  • Update of new developments in the implementation of HB 589,  emerging issues and opportunities affecting renewable energy
  • Innovation in electric service: smart grid adoption, data analytics, and infrastructure from the perspective of a utility that is owned and operated by a municipality
  • Rate making and rate design issues: aspects and implications of retail electric rate design
  • The business case for energy efficiency: programs, incentives, and engaging with utilities; and solar initiatives that help remove the barriers and speed the implementation of solar for all
  • Initiatives and policy approaches to advance clean energy

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with professionals who can serve as resources and provide future assistance with particular legal and regulatory project development questions as they arise.


Note: This course will count for the required CLE that is needed prior to taking the Utilities Law specialization exam.

Early Registration Cost Extended until Friday, Sept. 13: $250* (lunch included)
*Cost after Sept. 13: $300
NEW in 2019, refer a friend and you'll each receive $25 off. Details here.

Location: Appalachian State University Campus, Plemmons Student Union, Room 420 Parkway Ballroom. Parking at College Street Parking Deck
Time: 9:00am - 4:30 pm

Continuing Education Credits Offered: 6 General Hours NC CLE, 6 CPE, 6 PDH
All attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion


  • Lori Collins, Environmental Programs Consultant, N.C. Department of Environmental Quality
  • Ben Smith, Regulatory Counsel at the NC Sustainable Energy Association
  • Christina Cress, Senior Associate Attorney at Nichols, Choi & Lee, PLLC
  • Andy Fusco, Vice President, Member Services and Corporate Planning for Electricities
  • Dianna Downy,  North Carolina Utilities Commission Public Staff
  • David Neal, Senior Attorney at Southern Environmental Law Center
  • Gudrun Thompson, Senior Attorney at Southern Environmental Law Center
  • Lauren Bowen, Staff Attorney at Southern Environmental Law Center
  • Miriam Makhyoun, Chief Executive Officer of EQ Research