North Carolina municipal agency asks for more time to build final peakers

The North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA) and its 32 member municipalities on Jan. 29 asked the North Carolina Utilities Commission to extend a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity issued in February 2013 so they can finish building the authorized diesel-fired peakers.

NCEMPA and/or its participants want to be able to install up to 9.67 MW of additional capacity at or near customers’ premises during a two-year period ending Feb. 26, 2017.

The commission issued the 2013 certificate allowing the parties to construct and operate a maximum of 35 MW of generating capacity at or near customers’ premises for the purpose of reducing purchases of electricity during peak periods and otherwise enhancing the ability of the petitioners to provide a reliable and economic power supply, so long as the capacity of each facility was 2.5 MW or less and the construction was completed on or before Feb. 26, 2015. To date, the petitioners have constructed generating facilities having an aggregate generating capacity of 25.333 MW.

The purpose of such generating facilities was and is to enable petitioners to generate their own electricity and provide the same to the customer at the time of the monthly coincident peak with Duke Energy Progress (formerly known as Progress Energy Carolinas) and Carolina Power and Light, which is the time when the petitioners experience their highest costs for purchased power.

The Jan. 29 application noted: “Petitioners believe it is advantageous to place small power generators at or near the sites of customers and so desire to extend the Current Certificate to authorize the construction and operation of a maximum of 9.67 MW of additional generating capacity over an additional two-year period, through the installation of small power generators at or near the premises of customers.”

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