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Energy Law covers laws concerning promotion, regulation and safety, and advancements in the exploration, acquisition, development, production, marketing and distribution of energy from renewable and conventional sources in North Carolina and beyond. Energy Law addresses two broad categories of discussion:

  • The legal principles concerning the exploration for, access to, and the production of energy.  This category includes the production of natural gas through hydraulic fracturing of fossil deposits and from biological waste, e.g., poultry litter, and production of electricity from renewable sources that include the sun, wind, and moving water.
  • The manner in which our legal system regulates the provision and distribution of the energy needed for agricultural and forestry operations. This includes the provision of adequate supplies of fuel for transportation, drying, and processing of farm and forest products, as well as the production of inputs such as fertilizer.

Materials and Presentations

Update on HB589 (in draft)

Solar Lease Impact, Decision and Negotiation (presentation concerning attributes of solar leases)

What is Solar? (Cleveland/Flowers, NCSU 2016)

Solar Energy Resources for Local Governments and Residents in North Carolina (Cleveland, NCSU 2016)

Solar and Wind Energy Development:  Tax Implications (van der Hoeven, NCSU 2016)

Solar Energy Leasing: Contract Terms Explained (Feitshans/Brewer, NCSU 2016)

Considerations for Transferring Agricultural Land to Solar Energy Production (Carroll, Craven County Cooperative Extension, 2019)

Written By

Robert Branan, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionRobert BrananExtension Assistant Professor (Agricultural and Environmental Law) Call Robert E-mail Robert Agricultural & Resource Economics
NC State Extension, NC State University
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