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New Rules Adopted for the Competitive Procurement of Renewable Energy Program

On July 28, 2017, the NC Utilities Commission issued an order initiating a rulemaking procedure to adopt and amend the Commission’s rules to implement N.C.G.S. 62-110.8 (House Bill 589) that was enacted this past summer.  House Bill 589 requires Duke Energy Progress and Duke Energy Carolinas (together, “Duke Energy”) to develop a program for the competitive procurement of renewable energy (“CPRE”) in order to procure 2,660 MW of renewable energy …Read More

NC Legislature Restructures State Renewable Energy Policy

Currently sitting on Governor Cooper’s desk awaiting signature, veto, or just allowing it to go into effect after 30 days, is the “Competitive Energy Solutions for NC” bill (HB 589). On the last day of the 2017 session, the North Carolina General Assembly passed this bill that would, among other things, restructure how North Carolina implements the federal Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act of 1978 (“PURPA”).  This legislation would make …Read More

Much at Stake for Duke Energy and the Solar Industry

Duke Energy has proposed sweeping changes to the amounts it pays to purchase solar-generated power and the terms of its contracts with solar developers. Duke Energy has raised those changes in the 2016 Avoided Cost Proceeding pending before the North Carolina Utilities Commission. The filings in that proceeding can be found at http://starw1.ncuc.net/ncuc/portal/ncuc/page/docket-docs/PSC/DocketDetails.aspx?DocketId=ee736b71-4f22-4414-b0a1-33a9d339b440. Federal law, called the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA), requires electric utilities to purchase …Read More