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Electric Industry Restructuring

In April 1997, the North Carolina General Assembly passed Senate Bill 38 and established the Study Commission on the Future of Electric Service in North Carolina. The members of the Study Commission included legislators and representatives from the various electric suppliers, residential, industrial and commercial consumers, the environmental community, and a power marketer.

The Study Commission was charged with examining the current cost and adequacy of electric service in North Carolina in addition to exploring a number of the complex issues that would be involved in retail competition, including reliability, fairness among customer classes, universal service, reciprocity, stranded costs, the impact on the environment, and tax implications, among others.

The Study Commission met numerous times to hear presentations from utilities, utility experts, and its consulant, Research Triangle Institute. The Study Commission received written comments and held hearings across the state to receive public comments.

In April 2000, the Study Commission unanimously adopted its final recommendations, including the move to fully competitive retail electric service as of January 1, 2006, with retail choice available to up to 50% of each power supplier's load as of January 1, 2005. In its recommendations to the 2000 General Assembly, the Study Commission stated that it intended to recommend specific legislative language to the 2001 General Assembly and, where necessary, the 2003 General Assembly to accomplish the above recommendations and to address the following issues: municipal power agency debt; consumer protection; environment and alternative energy; changes in the tax laws; and regulation of transmission and distribution service.

During the Fall of 2000 the Study Commission received reports on the status of electric industry restructuring in California, environmental issues, and consumer protection issues. On December 20, 2000, ElectriCities, one of the primary proponents of retail competition, reversed its position and urged the Study Commission to "go slow" instead.

Ultimately, no legislation was introduced to implement the recommendations of the Study Commission and provide for retail electric choice in North Carolina. However, at the request of the Study Commission, the NCUC adopted a new rule streamlining the certification of merchant generating plants (Docket No. E-100, Sub 85) and submitted a report regarding voluntary "green" and "public benefit fund" check-off programs (Docket No. E-100, Sub 90), which led to the creation of NC GreenPower.

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