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The N.C. Utilities Commission on Friday, April 16, issued an order approving a partial rate increase for Duke Energy Progress and a settlement addressing coal ash cleanup costs.
The N.C. Utilities Commission on Friday, April 16, issued an order approving a partial rate increase for Duke Energy Progress and a settlement addressing coal ash cleanup costs.
 
On April 13, 2020, the City of Washington’s Council voted to approve a one-time thirty percent (30%) reduction in the electric utility rate for all customers in the current (April) billing cycle.
On April 13, 2020, the City of Washington’s Council voted to approve a one-time thirty percent (30%) reduction in the electric utility rate for all customers in the current (April) billing cycle.
 
The team is looking at a method of handling tertiary treated effluent — or water — from the wastewater treatment plant
The team is looking at a method of handling tertiary treated effluent — or water — from the wastewater treatment plant
 
The meeting will be held in the Utilities Commission’s boardroom on the second floor of the Dobbs Building, 430 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh.
The meeting will be held in the Utilities Commission’s boardroom on the second floor of the Dobbs Building, 430 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh.
 
On May 1, Governor Roy Cooper sent the legislature three non-controversial nominees for the North Carolina Utilities Commission: Senator Floyd McKissick, Kimberly Duffley and Jeff Hughes.
On May 1, Governor Roy Cooper sent the legislature three non-controversial nominees for the North Carolina Utilities Commission: Senator Floyd McKissick, Kimberly Duffley and Jeff Hughes.
 
Funding is available to help North Carolinians in crisis pay utility bills or secure fuel or cooling resources.
Funding is available to help North Carolinians in crisis pay utility bills or secure fuel or cooling resources.
 
The House Energy and Public Utilities Committee on Tuesday, June, 25, approved a version of a bill to restrict new wind turbines near military bases, eliminating a proposed ban that was part of the original bill.
The House Energy and Public Utilities Committee on Tuesday, June, 25, approved a version of a bill to restrict new wind turbines near military bases, eliminating a proposed ban that was part of the original bill.
 
Governor Roy Cooper has named Utilities Commissioner Charlotte Mitchell to serve as the next Chairperson of the North Carolina Utilities Commission effective immediately.
Governor Roy Cooper has named Utilities Commissioner Charlotte Mitchell to serve as the next Chairperson of the North Carolina Utilities Commission effective immediately.
 
State Rep. John Szoka, R-Cumberland, said if the utility companies building the Atlantic Coast Pipeline voluntarily contributed $57.8 million to the state as Gov. Roy Cooper claims, they better not try to recoup the money through rate increases tied to construction costs
State Rep. John Szoka, R-Cumberland, said if the utility companies building the Atlantic Coast Pipeline voluntarily contributed $57.8 million to the state as Gov. Roy Cooper claims, they better not try to recoup the money through rate increases tied to construction costs
 
If the beneficial effects of the Trump tax cut result in the North Carolina Utilities Commission deciding to lower electricity rates, that will be good news for electricity consumers
If the beneficial effects of the Trump tax cut result in the North Carolina Utilities Commission deciding to lower electricity rates, that will be good news for electricity consumers
 
Governor Roy Cooper today applauded confirmation of his appointees to the Utilities Commission and announced dozens of new appointees to state boards and commissions
Governor Roy Cooper today applauded confirmation of his appointees to the Utilities Commission and announced dozens of new appointees to state boards and commissions
 
The N.C. Utilities Commission approved a massive Beaufort County solar project in October after the developer relocated the portion of the project that would have surrounded the Terra Ceia Christian School
The N.C. Utilities Commission approved a massive Beaufort County solar project in October after the developer relocated the portion of the project that would have surrounded the Terra Ceia Christian School
 
Recently enacted North Carolina renewable energy regulations to control costs and help green energy flourish will be a model other states embrace. Or don't
Recently enacted North Carolina renewable energy regulations to control costs and help green energy flourish will be a model other states embrace. Or don't
 
In what may be a first, the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) has put on its docket a petition to declare that a renewable power facility is in fact a public utility under NC law
In what may be a first, the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) has put on its docket a petition to declare that a renewable power facility is in fact a public utility under NC law
 
Governor Roy Cooper released the following statement on HB 589
 
An environmental group lauding North Carolina for ranking No. 4 nationally in solar energy capacity agrees with foes of renewable energy mandates — the state's purported boom in clean energy mostly results from the government forcing utilities to purchase the higher-cost energy, along with...
An environmental group lauding North Carolina for ranking No. 4 nationally in solar energy capacity agrees with foes of renewable energy mandates — the state's purported boom in clean energy mostly results from the government forcing utilities to purchase the higher-cost energy, along with...
 
North Carolina taxpayers are about to get stuck with a big bill - if the General Assembly continues the state's "Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard" (REPS) and renewable energy tax credit policies.
North Carolina taxpayers are about to get stuck with a big bill - if the General Assembly continues the state's "Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard" (REPS) and renewable energy tax credit policies.
 
Two of three drivers of higher electricity costs in North Carolina are renewable energy investments by utilities and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards (REPS) mandate, according to a new report released by the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA).
Two of three drivers of higher electricity costs in North Carolina are renewable energy investments by utilities and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards (REPS) mandate, according to a new report released by the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA).
 
Imagine a piece of state legislation that could both lower your utility bill and make North Carolina more competitive for jobs.
Imagine a piece of state legislation that could both lower your utility bill and make North Carolina more competitive for jobs.
 
Governor Pat McCrory announced today he is nominating Revenue Secretary Lyons Gray to the North Carolina Utilities Commission.
Governor Pat McCrory announced today he is nominating Revenue Secretary Lyons Gray to the North Carolina Utilities Commission.
 
Governor Pat McCrory signed House Bill 140 into law today, which designates Saturday, April 18 as Lineman Appreciation Day in 2015. Next year and beyond, the day will be commemorated throughout the state on the second Monday of April.
Governor Pat McCrory signed House Bill 140 into law today, which designates Saturday, April 18 as Lineman Appreciation Day in 2015. Next year and beyond, the day will be commemorated throughout the state on the second Monday of April.
 
Electricity is one of the most basic household necessities. It isn't a luxury item. That means it is something that every household must buy, regardless of income level - and as such, its costs are especially burdensome on the poor.
Electricity is one of the most basic household necessities. It isn't a luxury item. That means it is something that every household must buy, regardless of income level - and as such, its costs are especially burdensome on the poor.
 
Utilities rely on easements to control a considerable amount of land in North Carolina. But state law also places limits on the amount of time a utility has to enforce easements it holds — currently, six years. The state's second highest court recently affirmed that six-year statute of...
Utilities rely on easements to control a considerable amount of land in North Carolina. But state law also places limits on the amount of time a utility has to enforce easements it holds — currently, six years. The state's second highest court recently affirmed that six-year statute of...
 
Before legislators could adjourn for the year they had to do two things: give teachers a pay raise and pass a coal ash cleanup bill. Most agree their coal ash solution was weak, leaving more questions than answers.
Before legislators could adjourn for the year they had to do two things: give teachers a pay raise and pass a coal ash cleanup bill. Most agree their coal ash solution was weak, leaving more questions than answers.
 
The Duke Energy coal ash saga reminds us of the old poem, "For Wont of a Nail." No doubt you remember that because of a missing horseshoe nail a horse, a rider, a message, a battle, a war and a kingdom were lost.
The Duke Energy coal ash saga reminds us of the old poem, "For Wont of a Nail." No doubt you remember that because of a missing horseshoe nail a horse, a rider, a message, a battle, a war and a kingdom were lost.
 
Enough with the hysteria, finger pointing and partisanship already. The Duke Energy coal ash spill needs immediate action, there’s blame enough to go around and we need to focus on fixing problems.
Enough with the hysteria, finger pointing and partisanship already. The Duke Energy coal ash spill needs immediate action, there’s blame enough to go around and we need to focus on fixing problems.
 
North Carolina's renewable energy portfolio standards (RPS) survived an attempt to cap and end the mandate last year as crony politics won out over protection of poor ratepayers.
North Carolina's renewable energy portfolio standards (RPS) survived an attempt to cap and end the mandate last year as crony politics won out over protection of poor ratepayers.
 
We reported earlier on an uproar in Davidson County about filling a vacant state House seat. State Rep. Jerry Dockham (R), the area's legislator since the 90s, resigned to take an appointment to the NC Utilities Commission.
We reported earlier on an uproar in Davidson County about filling a vacant state House seat. State Rep. Jerry Dockham (R), the area's legislator since the 90s, resigned to take an appointment to the NC Utilities Commission.
 
Some Davidson County GOP leaders are telling me they see the hand of Speaker Thom Tillis and Raleigh-based GOP operatives involved in the process to fill an open state House seat - and they don't like it.
Some Davidson County GOP leaders are telling me they see the hand of Speaker Thom Tillis and Raleigh-based GOP operatives involved in the process to fill an open state House seat - and they don't like it.
 
Governor Pat McCrory has reappointed Ed Finley as chairman of the North Carolina Utilities Commission.
Governor Pat McCrory has reappointed Ed Finley as chairman of the North Carolina Utilities Commission.
 
Today, I had a five minute chat with the Washington's Electric Utilities Director Keith Hardt about what caused last night's blackout on the east side of Washington.
Today, I had a five minute chat with the Washington's Electric Utilities Director Keith Hardt about what caused last night's blackout on the east side of Washington.
 
The City of Washington Utilities has a huge blackout in Mac'swood and east of Washington from Bonner Street to the east. This was realated to me by the officers that run the 911 service.
The City of Washington Utilities has a huge blackout in Mac'swood and east of Washington from Bonner Street to the east. This was realated to me by the officers that run the 911 service.
 
On June 8, 2013 at approximately 9:40 p.m., the City of Washington experienced a power surge within its electrical system.
On June 8, 2013 at approximately 9:40 p.m., the City of Washington experienced a power surge within its electrical system.
 
On June 6, 2013 at approximately 11:05 p.m., the Beaufort County Detention Center lost all power within the facility.
On June 6, 2013 at approximately 11:05 p.m., the Beaufort County Detention Center lost all power within the facility.
 
Sometimes, despite good intentions, we just get things wrong. That's what happened in 2007, when the North Carolina legislature enacted a bill to force electric utilities to buy "renewable" power from wind, solar, and other expensive and unreliable sources.
Sometimes, despite good intentions, we just get things wrong. That's what happened in 2007, when the North Carolina legislature enacted a bill to force electric utilities to buy "renewable" power from wind, solar, and other expensive and unreliable sources.
 
Today, Governor McCrory announced the following appointments
 
The News and Observer is reporting that the Chivcago based Invergy is shelving the Pantego Wind Farm scheduled to begin later this year.
The News and Observer is reporting that the Chivcago based Invergy is shelving the Pantego Wind Farm scheduled to begin later this year.
 
Duke Energy's CEO Jim Rogers issued a veiled threat to the NC Utilities Commission: if they don't approve the 7.2 percent rate increase his company requested Duke could move their corporate headquarters to another state.
Duke Energy's CEO Jim Rogers issued a veiled threat to the NC Utilities Commission: if they don't approve the 7.2 percent rate increase his company requested Duke could move their corporate headquarters to another state.
 
The company formerly known as Progress Energy, now part of the Duke Energy monopoly, is seeking a 14 percent hike in electric rates for households in its North Carolina territory.
The company formerly known as Progress Energy, now part of the Duke Energy monopoly, is seeking a 14 percent hike in electric rates for households in its North Carolina territory.
 
The N. C. Utilities Commission is giving a green light for the construction of the Pantego Wind Energy project.
The N. C. Utilities Commission is giving a green light for the construction of the Pantego Wind Energy project.
 
As we have reported here on several occasions in the last several months, your electrical bill is headed up, up and up. Now we learn that the proposed merger of Progress Energy and Duke Energy will make them go up even more.
As we have reported here on several occasions in the last several months, your electrical bill is headed up, up and up. Now we learn that the proposed merger of Progress Energy and Duke Energy will make them go up even more.
 
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