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Avoided Cost Rates for PURPA Qualifying Facilities Decline after House Bill 589 and NC Utilities Commission Order

There will be a decline in avoided cost rates to be paid to renewable energy and other qualifying facilities (QFs) subject to the Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act of 1978 (PURPA). New rates have been filed by Duke Energy Progress, Duke Energy Carolinas and Dominion in Docket E-100, Sub 148 and will go into effect on November 28th unless a party in that docket files specific objections as to the …Read More

NC Utilities Commission to Issue Rules for Competitive Procurement of Renewable Energy

The NC Utilities Commission is working in Docket E-100, Sub 150 on rules to implement House Bill 589 – An Act to Reform North Carolina’s Approach to Integration of Renewable Electricity Generation through Amendment of Laws Related to Energy Policy and to Enact the Distributed Resources Act. One of the main components of the new law requires electric public utilities to create a competitive procurement program for 2,660 megawatts of …Read More

In State of NC ex rel. Utils. Comm’n v. N.C. Waste Awareness Reduction, a Divided NC Court of Appeals Ruled that NC WARN is a Public Utility

On September 19, 2017, a divided panel of the NC Court of Appeals ruled that N.C. Waste Awareness Reduction (NC WARN) is a public utility for installing and maintaining solar panels on a Greensboro church and entering into a contract to charge the church for the energy generated. NC WARN had asked the NC Utilities Commission (NCUC) for a declaratory ruling that it was not a regulated public utility. The …Read More

Streamlining Siting of Small Wireless Facilities Around the State

  House Bill 310 – Wireless Communications Infrastructure Siting – passed both the NC House and Senate overwhelmingly and was signed by the Governor on July 21, 2017 – Session Law 2017-159. Among the legislative findings was that, “[t]he design, engineering, permitting, construction, modification, maintenance, and operation of wireless facilities are instrumental to the provision of emergency services and to increasing access to advanced technology and information for the citizens …Read More

Raleigh Union Station – An Example of Federal, State and Local Cooperation

Sometimes the stars align and all of our levels of government work together to build something for the future. That happened with Raleigh’s Union Station project a couple of years ago. Raleigh Union Station will serve as downtown Raleigh’s multi-modal hub for rail and transit services. It is located in the Warehouse District and connects downtown with Glenwood South and the neighborhoods between downtown and Dorothea Dix Park. The federal …Read More