NC Utilities Commission

Politics & Government
8:43 am
Tue July 8, 2014

NC Utilities Commission Reconsiders Solar Energy Cost, Possibly Affecting Industry's Future

The construction of a photovoltaic array at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY.
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Environmental groups say hearings underway in Raleigh could determine whether North Carolina’s solar energy industry continues to grow at a rapid pace.

North Carolina has recently become one of the country’s top solar states. It’s number four, after California, Arizona and New Jersey.

Duke Energy and Dominion Power are required to make or buy certain percentage of their energy from renewable sources, including solar, wind and hog and poultry waste. The state utilities commission is reviewing how much energy companies should have to pay for that energy.

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Politics & Government
9:34 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Water Companies Push To Eliminate Some Public Hearings In Rate Cases

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The state Utilities Commission is considering a proposal that would allow private water companies to raise rates in some cases without public hearings. 

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. 

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. 

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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Duke Energy's Rate Hike Stirs Controversy

Duke Energy provides electricity for most of North Carolina since the 2012 merger.
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Energy and environment reporter Bruce Henderson updates us about the controversy over the Duke Energy rate hike

  

Attorney General Roy Cooper is challenging a rate hike by Duke Energy. The North Carolina Utilities Commission approved the increase of 4.5 percent by Duke Energy last week.

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Politics & Government
8:04 am
Wed August 21, 2013

State Holds Hearing To Consider Duke Energy Efficiency Policy

A public hearing was held to consider Duke Energy's proposed rate increase.
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State regulators are considering a plan to allow Duke Energy to charge customers a little more as it increases energy efficiency.

The Utilities Commission held a public hearing yesterday to discuss a proposal from the utility.  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.

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Business & Economy
9:19 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Aqua NC Files For Another Rate Increase

Aqua NC will file for its 3rd rate increase in 5 years.
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Officials with Aqua North Carolina are seeking another rate increase -- the third in five years..  The private water provider wants a 19 percent jump in the cost of their water service to customers. 

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Business & Economy
5:50 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Aqua NC To File For Another Rate Increase

Aqua NC will file for its 3rd rate increase in 5 years.
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The private water utility Aqua North Carolina says it plans to file for its third rate increase in five years.  The company notified the state Utilities Commission last week that it will file a formal request in August.  It's not yet clear how much Aqua will ask to raise its rates.  The company last requested an increase of 19 percent in 2011, and the Utilities Commission approved an increase of about 5 percent.

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Business & Economy
8:14 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Progress Reaches Tentative Deal To Cut Rate Hikes

Progress Energy has reached a tentative deal with the Public Staff on the state Utilities Commission to reduce its request for a rate increase.  The agreement allows a 4.7 percent increase in June, then raises that to 5.7 percent next year.  Progress filed for an 11 percent increase in October.  Public Staff executive director Robert Gruber says it's a fair deal.

"What do they actually need in order to be able to operate reliably and attract investors?  You have to compromise that need with the impact on consumers," Gruber says.

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Science & Technology
8:05 am
Tue February 12, 2013

400 Acres Of Solar Panels Could Cover Duplin County

A 5-Megawatt farm in Cleveland County. The capacity of Strata`s proposal for Duplin County would be 20 times larger.
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A North Carolina renewable energy company says it plans to build a large solar farm in Duplin County.  Strata Solar announced yesterday it's developing 400 acres of land for solar panels with a capacity of 100 Megawatts.  It's one of the largest solar farms in production on the east coast.  Strata CEO Markus Wilhelm says his company will file its plans with the state Utilities Commission by the end of the month.

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Business & Economy
9:25 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Duke Energy's Plan For The Next 20 Years

A series of hearings begins today to examine how Duke Energy wants to invest in power sources over the next 20 years.  The state Utilities Commission is set to hear from the utility and consumer advocacy groups about its annual Integrated Resource Plan.  Duke Energy spokesman Mike Hughes says the utility plans to open new plants to keep up with North Carolina's population growth.

"Even if the per-household use of electricity is declining, the overall use of electricity is increasing," Hughes says.

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Energy
10:50 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Group Says 'Cogeneration' Could Save Energy

CHP system at UNC
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Energy watchdog group NC WARN is asking state utilities commissioners to look at an alternative way for companies to generate electrical power.  NC WARN sent a report to commissioners outlining a process called "cogeneration” that allows businesses to use an on-site turbine to generate electricity and capture escaping heat.  The group's report says doing that can drop the rate of wasted energy from 55 percent to as low as 20 percent.

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