E. Brett Breitschwerdt Partner

Brett advises public utility clients in implementing strategies and obtaining regulatory approvals to achieve their business goals, including representing clients in regulatory litigation before the North Carolina Utilities Commission and other state public service commissions.

Brett has particular experience representing electric utility clients in the growing area of renewable energy regulation, including PURPA implementation, renewable energy procurement and green tariff programs, generator interconnection standard approval and administration, as well as demand side management/energy efficiency program approval and cost recovery.  He has also represented clients in traditional base rate and rider cost recovery proceedings, certificate proceedings, affiliate approvals, and integrated resource planning cases.

Brett also assists in representing the firm’s electric utility clients in proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He has been board certified as a specialist in utilities law by the North Carolina State Bar since 2017, and is also licensed to practice in Ohio.


Represented electric utilities in PURPA implementation proceedings in multiple jurisdictions.

Supported North Carolina electric utilities in implementing new renewable energy legislation, including designing and administering solar competitive procurement and green tariff programs.    

Represented North Carolina electric utility in obtaining approval of multiple demand side management and energy efficiency programs and cost recovery approvals.

Represented North Carolina electric utility in base rate case proceedings in 2012, 2016, and 2019.

Represented North Carolina electric utility in obtaining multiple affiliate agreement approvals.

Advised North Carolina electric utility in North Carolina Utilities Commission proceeding on FERC Order No. 1000 compliance.

Represented water utility in obtaining certificate of public convenience and establishing initial rates for service.

  • The University of North Carolina School of Law, JD, 2007
  • The University of North Carolina at Asheville, BA, cum laude, 2004

North Carolina State Bar, Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Committee; Section Council Member, 2012-2016; Pro Bono Committee Co-chair, 2011-2013

  • North Carolina
  • Ohio

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Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Energy Law, Energy Regulatory Law, Utilities Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2023

Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Energy & Natural Resources, North Carolina, Chambers USA, 2021, 2022

Named to "North Carolina Rising Stars," Energy & Resources, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2016-2017

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