Energy and Telecommunications Practice Leader Cliona Mary Robb has been invited to speak as a panelist at this year’s RE+ Southeast Conference hosted by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). The session, “Advocating for Safe and Sustainable Decommissioning Practices in the Southeast”, will be moderated by Chris Carmody, Executive Director of the North Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance, and additional panelists include Marshall P. Conrad, Vice President of Government Relations with Strata Clean Energy and David McGlothlin, Manager, Project Permitting with Pine Gate Renewables. The conference runs from May 17th through the 18th and will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. A full description of the conference and the agenda can be found here.
Session Description: As clean energy projects continue to proliferate in the Southeast region, it’s essential to consider policies and plans for the eventual end-of-life of these projects. Currently, the decommissioning policies in the Southeast vary by state. Some states, such as Virginia and North Carolina, have specific regulations in place that require project developers to submit a decommissioning plan as part of their permit application. Other states, such as South Carolina, have not yet developed specific policies related to clean energy decommissioning. By carefully considering the steps required for decommissioning, estimating the costs involved, and putting financial assurance requirements in place, we can ensure that clean energy projects are developed and operated in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner.