Carbon Plan

On October 13, 2021, Governor Cooper signed into law House Bill 951 (S.L. 2021-165), directing the Commission to take all reasonable steps to achieve reductions in the emissions of carbon dioxide in this State from electric generating facilities owned or operated by certain electric public utilities. The Commission is directed to achieve a reduction of 70% from 2005 levels by the year 2030 and carbon neutrality by the year 2050. Session Law 2021-165 limits the applicability of this requirement to Duke Energy Progress, LLC (DEP), and Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC (DEC, together with DEP, Duke). The Commission is directed to develop a plan (the Carbon Plan) to achieve these emission reductions by December 31, 2022, and to review the plan every two years thereafter.

On May 16, 2022, Duke filed a proposed Carbon Plan as required by the Commission.

On June 15, 2022, intervening parties filed responsive filings to Duke’s proposed Carbon Plan.

The Commission has scheduled six hearings for the purpose of receiving public witness testimony on Duke’s proposed Carbon Plan.

Date Time Location
7/11/2022 7:00pm Durham County Courthouse, Courtroom D7, 510 S Dillard St, Durham
7/12/2022 7:00pm New Hanover County Courthouse, Courtroom 317, 316 Princess Street, Wilmington
7/27/2022 7:00pm Buncombe County Courthouse, Courtroom 1-A, 60 Court Plaza, Asheville
7/28/2022 7:00pm Mecklenburg County Courthouse, Courtroom 5350, 832 E 4th Street, Charlotte
8/23/2022 1:30pm Remote Via Webex*
8/23/2022 6:30pm Remote Via Webex*

*These hearings will be held remotely via Webex, with members of the public participating by phone. People who would like to testify must register in advance by 5:00pm, August 16, 2022, by emailing the Commission at ncucpublichearing@ncuc.net or by calling 919-733-0837. People who want to register must provide their name, the docket number (E-100 Sub 179), the telephone number that they will use to participate in the hearing, and the topic of their testimony. Only the first 20 people registered for each remote hearing session will be allowed to testify. People who simply want to observe a remote hearing may do so via the live stream link on this website. Here is more information on how to participate in a remote hearing.

Persons or entities having an interest in the Carbon Plan development process and desiring to intervene in the matter as formal parties of record may file their petitions to intervene by July 15, 2022. These petitions should reference Docket No. E 100 Sub 179, and should be filed electronically via this website or by mail to the Chief Clerk at the address below. Intervenors may file a plan, report, or evaluation of or comments on Duke’s proposed Carbon Plan within 60 days from the filing of Duke’s proposed Carbon Plan.

The Commission also ordered Duke to conduct at least three stakeholder meetings before May 13, 2022. The Commission monitored the stakeholder process by requiring Duke and the Public Staff to file reports within five days of each stakeholder meeting and by conducting sessions after each meeting. Those sessions can be viewed via the links below:

The Commission has scheduled an expert witness hearing beginning on September 13, 2022, at 9:00 a.m., in Commission Hearing Room 2115, Dobbs Building, 430 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh, North Carolina. This hearing is for the purpose of hearing testimony from experts, including Duke and the Public Staff. There will not be an opportunity for citizen testimony at this hearing, but members of the public may watch the hearing via YouTube from a link that will be available on this website the day of the hearing.

Any person or entity may submit written statements to inform the Commission of their positions on the Carbon Plan. Statements should be mailed to the address below, and reference Docket No. E 100, Sub 179. Persons may also electronically submit a position statement to the Commission about the Carbon Plan via the Commission’s website here. In either case, after several business days statements will be placed in Docket No. E-100 Sub 179CS and may be accessed by searching that docket number via this website.

If you would like to receive an email notification when documents are filed into the carbon plan docket, or when the Commission issues an order in this matter, you can “subscribe” to the docket. You must first create an NCID account, which will allow you to create a user ID and password. Those instructions are here. If you need assistance, call our Chief Clerk’s Office at 919-733-7328. You will want to subscribe to Docket No. E-100 Sub 179. You will have an option of receiving email notifications every 15 minutes, or once a day at between 7 and 8 p.m. You do not need to be a party to receive notifications of orders or submittals.

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