NC Utilities Commission http://wunc.org en NC Utilities Commission Reconsiders Solar Energy Cost, Possibly Affecting Industry's Future http://wunc.org/post/nc-utilities-commission-reconsiders-solar-energy-cost-possibly-affecting-industrys-future <p></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:43:10 +0000 Jorge Valencia 38574 at http://wunc.org NC Utilities Commission Reconsiders Solar Energy Cost, Possibly Affecting Industry's Future Water Companies Push To Eliminate Some Public Hearings In Rate Cases http://wunc.org/post/water-companies-push-eliminate-some-public-hearings-rate-cases <p></p><p>The state Utilities Commission is considering a proposal that would allow private water companies to raise rates in some cases without public hearings.&nbsp;</p><p>Under the new rule, utilities could implement rate hikes several times a year without public input, as long as they do not amount to an increase of more than 5 percent.&nbsp;</p><p>State lawmakers passed the new rule without opposition last session, but the Utilities Commission has to decide if it's in the public's interest before it goes into effect.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:34:48 +0000 Will Michaels 26161 at http://wunc.org Water Companies Push To Eliminate Some Public Hearings In Rate Cases Duke Energy's Rate Hike Stirs Controversy http://wunc.org/post/duke-energys-rate-hike-stirs-controversy <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size: 10pt;"><font face="Arial,sans-serif"><a href="http://www.ncdoj.gov/getdoc/9db5812c-31fa-47cb-a91b-8f39007fdb74/Attorney-General-Roy-Cooper.aspx">Attorney General Roy Cooper </a>is challenging a rate hike by <a href="http://www.duke-energy.com/">Duke Energy</a>. The North Carolina Utilities Commission approved the increase of 4.5 percent by Duke Energy last week. </font></span></font> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 16:11:10 +0000 Shawn Wen & Frank Stasio 23557 at http://wunc.org Duke Energy's Rate Hike Stirs Controversy State Holds Hearing To Consider Duke Energy Efficiency Policy http://wunc.org/post/state-holds-hearing-consider-duke-energy-efficiency-policy <p>State regulators are considering a plan to allow Duke Energy to charge customers a little more as it increases energy efficiency.</p><p>The Utilities Commission held a public hearing yesterday to discuss<a href="http://ncuc.commerce.state.nc.us/cgi-bin/webview/senddoc.pgm?dispfmt=&amp;itype=Q&amp;authorization=&amp;parm2=TAAAAA13231B&amp;parm3=000141791"> a proposal from the utility</a>.&nbsp; Duke Energy spokesman Jeff Brooks says it calls for the company to invest in energy efficiency programs while allowing the utility to recover lost revenue.</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 12:04:10 +0000 Will Michaels 21094 at http://wunc.org State Holds Hearing To Consider Duke Energy Efficiency Policy Aqua NC Files For Another Rate Increase http://wunc.org/post/aqua-nc-files-another-rate-increase <p>Officials with <a href="https://www.aquaamerica.com/our-states/north-carolina.aspx">Aqua North Carolina</a> are seeking another rate increase -- the third in five years..&nbsp; The private water provider wants a 19 percent jump in the cost of their water service to customers.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 13:19:47 +0000 Gurnal Scott 20329 at http://wunc.org Aqua NC Files For Another Rate Increase Aqua NC To File For Another Rate Increase http://wunc.org/post/aqua-nc-file-another-rate-increase <p>The private water utility <a href="https://www.aquaamerica.com/our-states/north-carolina.aspx">Aqua North Carolina</a> says it plans to file for its third rate increase in five years.&nbsp; The company notified the state Utilities Commission last week that it will file a formal request in August.&nbsp; It's not yet clear how much Aqua will ask to raise its rates.&nbsp; The company last requested an increase of 19 percent in 2011, and the Utilities Commission approved an increase of about 5 percent. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 21:50:36 +0000 Will Michaels 18725 at http://wunc.org Aqua NC To File For Another Rate Increase Progress Reaches Tentative Deal To Cut Rate Hikes http://wunc.org/post/progress-reaches-tentative-deal-cut-rate-hikes <p>Progress Energy has reached a tentative deal with the Public Staff on the state Utilities Commission to reduce its request for a rate increase.&nbsp; The agreement allows a 4.7 percent increase in June, then raises that to 5.7 percent next year.&nbsp; Progress filed for an 11 percent increase in October.&nbsp; Public Staff executive director Robert Gruber says it's a fair deal.<br><br>"What do they actually need in order to be able to operate reliably and attract investors?&nbsp; You have to compromise that need with the impact on consumers," Gruber says.</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:14:35 +0000 Will Michaels 11070 at http://wunc.org 400 Acres Of Solar Panels Could Cover Duplin County http://wunc.org/post/400-acres-solar-panels-could-cover-duplin-county <p></p><p>A North Carolina renewable energy company says it plans to build a large solar farm in Duplin County.&nbsp; Strata Solar announced yesterday it's developing 400 acres of land for solar panels with a capacity of 100 Megawatts.&nbsp; It's one of the largest solar farms in production on the east coast.&nbsp; Strata CEO Markus Wilhelm says his company will file its plans with the state Utilities Commission by the end of the month. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 13:05:10 +0000 Will Michaels 10209 at http://wunc.org 400 Acres Of Solar Panels Could Cover Duplin County Duke Energy's Plan For The Next 20 Years http://wunc.org/post/duke-energys-plan-next-20-years <p>A series of hearings begins today to examine how Duke Energy wants to invest in power sources over the next 20 years.&nbsp; The state Utilities Commission is set to hear from the utility and consumer advocacy groups about its annual Integrated Resource Plan.&nbsp; Duke Energy spokesman Mike Hughes says the utility plans to open new plants to keep up with North Carolina's population growth.<br><br>"Even if the per-household use of electricity is declining, the overall use of electricity is increasing," Hughes says.</p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:25:28 +0000 Will Michaels 10056 at http://wunc.org Group Says 'Cogeneration' Could Save Energy http://wunc.org/post/group-says-cogeneration-could-save-energy <p></p><p>Energy watchdog group <a href="http://www.ncwarn.org/">NC WARN</a> is asking state utilities commissioners to look at an alternative way for companies to generate electrical power.&nbsp; NC WARN sent a<a href="http://www.ncwarn.org/2013/02/duke-energy-monopoly-must-use-wasted-resource-instead-of-building-power-plants-says-watchdog-group-news-release-from-nc-warn/"> report </a>to commissioners outlining a process called "<a href="http://www.epa.gov/chp/basic/index.html">cogeneration</a>” that allows businesses to use an on-site turbine to generate electricity and capture escaping heat.&nbsp; The group's report says doing that can drop the rate of wasted energy from 55 percent to as low as 20 percent. Thu, 07 Feb 2013 15:50:29 +0000 Gurnal Scott 9811 at http://wunc.org Group Says 'Cogeneration' Could Save Energy