The North Carolina Utilities Commission on Feb. 10 approved a Jan. 29 application from the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA) and its 32 member municipalities to extend a 2013 Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.
The petition requested authority to install the remaining 9.67 MW of additional diesel-fired generating capacity at or near customers’ premises during a two-year period ending Feb. 26, 2017. The 2013 certificate authorizes petitioners to construct and operate a maximum of 35 MW of generating capacity at or near customers’ premises, so long as the capacity of each facility is 2.5 MW or less and the construction is completed on or before Feb. 26, 2015.
To date, petitioners have constructed and installed generating facilities having an aggregate generating capacity of 25.333 MW. The petition requested an extension of the certificate for an additional two years to install the remaining 9.67 MW of generating capacity. According to the petition, 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, the time when petitioners experience their highest costs for purchased power.
Said the Feb. 10 order: “After careful consideration, based on the petition and the recommendation of the Public Staff, the Commission finds and concludes that the Current Certificate should be extended for the construction and installation of up to the 9.67 MW of generating facilities remaining on the Current Certificate, each facility having a maximum capacity of 2.5 MW or less and located at or near the premises of customers and installed during the two-year period ending February 26, 2017. The Commission also concludes that Petitioners, at the time specific sites are selected, should be required to provide individual site information to the State Clearinghouse and obtain all necessary local, State, and federal permits prior to the construction and installation of any generating facility.”