This seminar took place on December 18, 2020. 

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Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Belton Zeigler spoke in a panel discussion on “Integrating IOU Climate Goals with Existing Regulatory Processes” at the 2020 Carolinas Energy Law Seminar. 

Many of the largest investor-owned utilities (IOUs) in the country announced carbon emission reduction goals in late 2019, with both Duke Energy and Dominion Energy committing to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. But do existing laws and regulations applicable to electric utilities in the Carolinas support or hinder these climate-related ambitions? This panel explored the cross-cutting implications of utility climate goals on a range of proceedings before the Public Service Commission of South Carolina and North Carolina Utilities Commission, including general rate cases, integrated resource plans, certificate of public convenience and necessity applications, and grid modernization.

Zeigler was joined in the panel discussion by Heather Smith, Deputy General Counsel, Duke Energy South Carolina and Eddie Moore, Energy & Climate Program Director, Coastal Conservation League. Thad Culley, Senior Regulatory Director and Regulatory Counsel—Southeast, Vote Solar, moderated the session.