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Henry C. Campen Jr.


Henry Campen has been a successful advocate for companies regulated by state utility commissions for more than 25 years. He provides project development and permitting advice for renewable energy developers and market participants across a broad spectrum of technologies.

Henry helps developers of wind, solar, biomass and fuel cell projects successfully navigate complex federal, state and local regulations for electric generating plants. He has permitted more than 3,000 megawatts of renewable energy-fueled electrical generation.

Henry previously served as the managing partner of the firm’s Raleigh office for 10 years. In addition, he served as a member of Parker Poe’s board of directors for nine years.

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Representative Experience

  • Permitted the first utility-scale (300 megawatts) wind farm in the Southeast U.S.
  • Permitted multiple large-scale (greater than 50 megawatts) solar photovoltaic (PV) projects
  • Successfully prosecuted local land use permits for a 300-megawatt wind energy facility spanning two counties
  • Obtained state utilities commission permit for a 10-megawatt fuel cell facility
  • Obtained state utilities commission permit for a transmission line to serve a 300-megawatt wind farm
  • Obtained local land use permits for multiple solar PV projects
  • Secured a state utilities commission order declaring directed biogas to be a renewable energy resource
  • Successfully prosecuted requests for declaratory rulings from the state utilities commission regarding fuels eligible for REPS compliance and interpretations of the REPS statute

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Honors & Awards

  • North Carolina Bar Board of Legal Specialization, Howard L. Gum Service Award, 2017
  • North Carolina Bar Board Certified Specialist in Utilities Law
  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, Leaders in the Law Honoree, 2016
  • American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, Legal Leader in Energy and Environmental Law, 2015-2016
  • Who's Who in Legal Energy, 2015-2016
  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America in Communications Law, 2007-2017; Administrative / Regulatory Law and Energy Law, 2013-2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ in Renewable Energy; Energy & Utilities; Land Use & Zoning; Environmental; Telecommunications; Infrastructure Development; Economic Development
  • 2013 Person of the Year, North Carolina State University Poole College of Management
  • American Lawyer magazine 2013 Top Rated Lawyer for Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources
  • SAFEchild Commitment Award, 2012


  • North Carolina State Bar, Chair, Utilities Law Specialty Committee of the Board of Legal Specialization, 2015-present
  • Advanced Energy, Board of Directors, 2014-present
  • Southeastern Wind Coalition, Chair, Board of Directors, 2013-2016; Member, 2013-present
  • The American Council on Germany Charlotte Chapter, Study Tour of German Energy and Climate Change Policy, 2014
  • Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, General Counsel, 2012; Board of Directors (Executive Committee Member, 2012-2013; Member, 2011-2014)
  • North Carolina State University, Board of Visitors, 2009-present
  • North Carolina State University Poole College of Management, Board of Advisors, 2006-present; Chair, 2011-2012
  • Wake Forest University, Alumni Council, 2009-2012