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 held six hearings for the purpose of receiving public witness testimony on Duke’s proposed Carbon Plan.
|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*|
The Commission began the expert witness hearing 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 each 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.