The North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC), in a Sept. 7 order, cancelled an expert witness hearing that was scheduled to take place on Sept. 8 in Raleigh regarding Duke Energy Progress’ proposed 230-kV transmission line in Hoke County, N.C.
As noted in the order, Duke Energy Progress in May filed an application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public convenience and necessity to build about three corridor miles – six circuit miles – of new 230-kV transmission line.
As TransmissionHub reported, the proposed line would create a loop connecting the existing Raeford 230-kV substation with the existing Ford Bragg Woodruff Street–Richmond 230-kV transmission line.
According to the company, its assessment of electric energy requirements has identified the need to upgrade the transmission system in the Raeford, N.C., area. Based on load growth in the area and 2018 projections, the proposed project would provide power quality and continued reliability for the Raeford area, according to the company.
The NCUC noted in its Sept. 7 order that, in June, it issued an order that, among other things, scheduled a public witness hearing on the company’s application to be held in Raeford, Hoke County, on Sept. 7, and an expert witness hearing to be held in Raleigh on Sept. 8.
The Clearinghouse Coordinator of the Office of Policy and Planning of the Department of Administration in July filed final comments with the NCUC stating that no further review is needed by the NCUC to determine compliance with the North Carolina Environmental Policy Act.
Public staff on Sept. 2 filed a letter stating that it investigated the company’s application and determined that the proposed transmission line meets certain requirements. The NCUC also said that according to public staff, the line is necessary, the proposed location and estimated costs are reasonable, and the impact of the line on the environment is justified, considering the state of available technology.
Public staff further stated that the environmental compatibility and public convenience and necessity requires the construction of the line. The NCUC also said that according to public staff, no person has intervened, filed a protest or otherwise made an appearance in the docket, and that the public staff has not been contacted by any party regarding the matter.
Public staff recommended that the NCUC issue the certificate that the company requested, and stated that it does not object to a cancellation of the public witness hearing if a motion is field requesting cancellation.
The NCUC noted that it issued an order on Sept. 6 cancelling the public witness hearing that was scheduled to be held on Sept. 7 in Raeford. Duke Energy Progress on Sept. 6 filed a motion requesting that the NCUC cancel the expert witness hearing that was scheduled for Sept. 8.
The order added that the presiding commissioner finds good cause to order that Duke Energy’s (NYSE:DUK) Duke Energy Progress file a proposed order by Oct. 10.