Biennial Determination of Avoided Cost Rates for
Electric Utility Purchases From Qualifying Facilities
Docket No. E-100 Sub 167
February 16, 2021
9:30 a.m.
Remote Via Webex and Telephone Participants Must Register by February 9, 2021


The Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) requires electric utilities to offer to buy electric energy from facilities that obtain qualifying facility status. In North Carolina, the rates for such purchases are set by the Commission. Those rates must be just and reasonable to ratepayers and in the public interest, shall not discriminate against qualifying facilities, and shall not exceed the incremental cost to the electric utility of acquiring alternative electric energy. The purpose of this proceeding is to consider revisions to the avoided cost rates and contract terms previously set by the Commission in Docket No. E-100 Sub 158.

The purpose of the hearing on February 16, 2021, is to take testimony from non-expert public witnesses. Due to the on-going COVID-19 State of Emergency, this hearing will be held remotely via Webex, with members of the public participating via telephone. Members of the public who would like to testify must register in advance no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, by contacting the Public Staff via email at AvoidedCost PublicHearing@psncuc.nc.gov or by calling 866-380-9816. For information about testifying at a public hearing, go here. Members of the public can observe the hearing via a link that will be available on this website the day of the hearing.

Members of the public can also file a comment about this matter here. Be sure to include the docket number in the subject line. You can also send the Commission a letter at the address below. In either case, consumer statements are made part of the record and will be publicly available via this website within two or three business days.

Documents about this proceeding can be found here.

The Public Staff of the North Carolina Utilities Commission is investigating this matter on behalf of the using and consuming public. You can make a statement or ask a question of the Public Staff here.

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