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Utility Law

Crisp, Page & Currin, L.L.P., is well versed in the laws and regulations dealing with public utilities.  Attorneys at the firm have made numerous appearances before the Public Service Commissions in North Carolina and other states, the FERC and the FCC.  The firm regularly handles cases for utilities and/or consumer groups in the following areas of utility practice:

            - electric certification, rates and complaint proceedings
            - long distance telecommunications
            - certificate and rate matters
            - natural gas extension, rates and service policies
            - regulated water and sewer systems
            - cellular telecommunications
            - competitive local service (dial tone)
            - cable television

Electricity, telephone and other utility services have become necessities to modern residential and commercial life.  The firm's attorneys have years of experience in crafting solutions to complex utility matters which cut through the "red tape" and serve the interests of utility and consumer alike.

Utility Practice

Crisp, Page & Currin, L.L.P. is thoroughly experienced in regulatory matters involving the North Carolina Utilities Commission including electricity, natural gas, local and long distance communications (landline and wireless) and water and sewer issues. Robert F. Page was a member of the Commission’s Legal Staff from 1973-1977 as both Attorney and Hearing Examiner. From 1977-1980, following its creation, Mr. Page was a Senior Trial Attorney for the Public Staff – North Carolina Utilities Commission. From 1980 until joining the Law Firm in 1982, Mr. Page was Chief Counsel of the Public Staff. Mr. Page has represented both consumers and utilities in service complaint proceedings, general rate cases, utility franchise (CPCN) applications, generic investigations and tariff amendment/revision matters. In addition, Mr. Page has handled numerous appeals from decisions of the Utilities Commission, both at the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court. Mr. Page was counsel for the Appellees in the Nantahala electric rates cases ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1986. Nantahala Power & Light Co. et al. V. Thornburg, Attorney General of North Carolina, et al., 477 U.S. 902, 106 S. Ct. 3268, 91 L. Ed. 2d 559 (1986)