North Carolina commission terminates certificate applications for power projects

After the various developers failed to meet certain milestones, the North Carolina Utilities Commission on Sept. 29 terminated applications for certificates of public convenience and necessity for a long list of solar and other projects.

There is even a wind project and a swine waste project in the mix.

An example is the Innovative Solar 36 LLC project, which was to be an 80-MW solar photovoltaic facility in Brunswick County, North Carolina. On June 15, the commission issued an order in this proceeding (and in all of the other affected proceedings) giving notice of its intent to dismiss without prejudice the application for a certificate. Under commission rules, if the applicant does not file the affidavit of publication and certificate of service within twelve months of the commission’s publication order, the commission will automatically dismiss the application. The commission issued an order requiring publication of notice in May 2014, more than twelve months ago. As of the date of the Sept. 29 order the applicant had not filed the affidavit of publication and certificate of service. This dismissal is without prejudice to the right of Innovative Solar 36 to subsequently file a new CPCN application for this facility.

Some of the other projects that got similar Sept. 29 termination notices are:

  • Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals Inc. for a 13.6-MW solar facility in Johnston County, North Carolina. The commission had issued an order requiring publication of notice in this case in December 2012. Again, this dismissal is without prejudice to the right of Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals to subsequently file a new CPCN application for this facility.
  • Ahoskie Alpha SDP LLC for a 20-MW solar facility in Hertford County, North Carolina. The commission issued the notice order in this case in July 2013. This dismissal is without prejudice to the right of Ahoskie Alpha SDP to subsequently file a new CPCN application for this facility.
  • Torch Renewable Energy LLC for an 80-MW wind facility in Carteret County, North Carolina. The commission issued the notice order in this case in November 2013. This action is without prejudice to the right of Torch Renewable Energy to subsequently file a new CPCN application for this facility.
  • Seaboard Alpha SDP LLC for a 10-MW solar facility in Northampton County, North Carolina. The Ccmmission issued a notice order in this case in July 2013. This termination is without prejudice to the right of Seaboard Alpha SDP to subsequently file a new CPCN application for this facility.
  • Jamesville Alpha SDP LLC for a 10-MW solar facility in Martin County, North Carolina. The commission issued the notice order in this case in July 2013. This termination is without prejudice to the right of Jamesville Alpha SDP to later file a new CPCN application for this facility.
  • Fresh Air Energy-ll LLC for a 32-MW solar facility in Catawba County, North Carolina. The commission issued the notice order in this case in March 2014. This action is without prejudice to the right of Fresh Air Energy-ll to subsequently file a new CPCN application for this facility.
  • Carolina Alternative Energy LLC for a 5.4-MW Swine Waste-to-Energy Electric Generating Facility in Duplin County, North Carolina. The commission issued a notice order in this case in May 2012. Carolina Alternative Energy retains the right to file a new CPCN application for this facility.
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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.