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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

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 Utilities Commission Proposes Rules for Solar Panel Lessors

Section VI of HB 589, named the “Distributed Resources Access Act,” creates new opportunities in North Carolina for solar energy development in ways other than utility-scale solar farms. It authorizes, for the first time, the leasing of solar energy facilities for retail customers and subscription to shared community solar energy facilities.   N.C.G.S. § 62-126.7 states, “No person shall engage in the leasing of a solar energy facility without having applied …Read More

Power Outages Reignite Debate Over Buried Power Lines

After nearly every major storm event resulting in major power outages, utilities, public officials, and customers reexamine the existing electrical distribution infrastructure. And no exception, the most recent hurricanes, Harvey in Houston, Irma in Florida, and Maria in Puerto Rico, have reignited the debate over buried lines and whether the risks are worth the investment. When Harvey hit Texas, Houston had almost 24,000 circuit miles of underground distribution lines and …Read More

International Trade Commission finds harm to U.S. Manufacturers from Solar Panel Imports

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted unanimously last week that domestic producers of solar panels have been significantly harmed by unfair competition from imported solar panels. They have until November to determine if they will recommend a specific remedy to the Trump administration, which could include a tariff on solar panel imports. Suniva, Inc., a U.S. solar panel producer based in Georgia, which declared bankruptcy in April, filed a petition …Read More