Biennial Determination of Avoided Cost Rates For
Electric Utility Purchases of Electricity From
Qualifying Small Power Producers and Co-Generators
(Docket No. E-100 Sub 158)
Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 9:30 a.m.
Commission Hearing Room 2115, Dobbs Building
430 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh

This hearing is for members of the public to provide non-expert public witness testimony.

Background: Section 210 of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) of 1978 requires electric utilities to buy power from small power producers and co generators. It is the NC Utilities Commission’s responsibility to determine the price that utilities pay for that power. This proceeding, held every two years, is for that purpose.

A small power producer is a person or corporation that owns or operates an electricity production facility that uses renewable resources and is 80 megawatts or less in capacity. Co-generation facilities make electricity from waste heat or steam, typically as a by-product of a manufacturing process.

Setting rates for small power producers and co-generators is extremely complex. The Commission is required to base these prices on the costs that the utility is expected to avoid in the future by buying the small power producer’s electricity. As a result, these prices are called “avoided cost rates.”

People who are interested in this proceeding are encouraged to review:

  • The Commission’s order in Docket No. E 100 Sub 148, which was issued October 11, 2017, and is available here.
  • The Order establishing this proceeding, which is available here.

All of the documents in this proceeding are available here

The Public Staff of the North Carolina Utilities Commission is the agency that represents the using and consuming public in matters before the Commission. You can contact them with questions about this proceeding and the hearing by sending them an email here.

You can send the Commission a statement of your position that will become part of the record in this proceeding. You can submit an online form here.

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