North Carolina commission grants break for unbuilt wind project

The North Carolina Utilities Commission on Feb. 8 granted the Pantego Wind Energy LLC affiliate of Invenergy LLC a break on a deadline to build an 80-MW wind project in Beaufort County, N.C.

In March 2012, the commission granting a certificate of public convenience and necessity for this project and accepted its registration as a new renewable energy facility. The certificate must be renewed if the applicant does not begin construction within two years after the date of the commission order granting the certificate. In March 2014, Pantego filed a motion to renew its CPCN, which the commission granted that June.

In November 2014, the commission amended its rules, establishing a three-year period for renewals, not the prior two years. On Jan. 27 of this year, Pantego filed a petition requesting a declaratory ruling as to whether the rule amendment applies to Pantego’s CPCN, such that Pantego’s CPCN is now renewable every three years. On Feb. 3, the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association filed a letter in support of Pantego’s petition.

“Based on the foregoing and the record, the Commission concludes that amended Rule R8-63(e)(3) applies to the renewal of Pantego’s CPCN,” said the Feb. 8 order. “Therefore, the amended Rule requires that Pantego renew its certificate every three (3) years if construction of the facility has not yet begun.”

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