In December 2023, Duke Energy notified the North Carolina Utilities Commission that it would be adding 2 GW of load to its recently submitted carbon plan revision. This was a dramatic addition and many stakeholders were concerned they would not have time to analyze Duke’s new modeling. 

On January 17, the North Carolina Utilities Commission issued an order resetting the schedule for the North Carolina Carbon Plan as follows:

  • January 31: Revised Duke Energy Modeling and Supplemental Testimony due
  • Intervenor Testimony due May 28 instead of February 15
  • June 17, 1pm-5pm: NCUC Technical Conference
    • June 10: Deadline for registering Technical Conference witnesses.

In addition, the Commission ordered Duke to produce a portfolio that adheres to the law requiring 70% carbon reduction by 2030 in a reliable and cost-competitive manner.  

The South Carolina Public Service Commission has not yet issued an order, but Duke has agreed that their January 31 filing should reset the clock for respondents. Duke’s proposed schedule would have:

  • Intervener testimony due on July 1
  • Surrebuttal due August 31
  • Hearings beginning September 16. 

While the South Carolina Public Service Commission has not yet accepted this proposal, all parties are in agreement on the item and it seems likely to succeed.

The Carolinas Clean Energy Business Association believes that the schedule adjustments will not hold up solar and storage procurement covered by NC H951. Procurement should begin in mid-February. 

Chris Carmody, CCEBA Executive Director, said, “We applaud the North Carolina Utilities Commission for allowing enough time for thoughtful analysis of this new plan and for continuing to require that the spirit and the substance of the law be met.”