The North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC), in a Jan. 6 order, said that a public witness hearing is to be held on March 14 at the Johnston County Courthouse in Smithfield, N.C., regarding Duke Energy Progress’ (DEP) application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public convenience and necessity to build about 1.5 miles of new 230-kV transmission line in Johnston County, N.C.
The hearing may be canceled if no significant protests are filed with the NCUC.
The NCUC also said that a hearing solely for the purpose of receiving expert testimony of the parties regarding the application will be held on March 15 at the commission hearing room in Raleigh, N.C., but that hearing may also be canceled if no significant protests are filed.
Any person interested in the proceeding may file a petition to intervene by March 13, the NCUC said, adding that direct testimony and exhibits of the public staff are to be filed by Feb. 28, and that DEP may file rebuttal testimony and exhibits by March 9.
As noted by the company in its Dec. 1, 2016, application filed with the NCUC, it is proposing to build the new line and a substation to provide additional capacity to serve the greater Powhatan Industrial Area and the Novo Nordisk expansion near Clayton, N.C. Novo Nordisk has begun construction of an 800,000 square foot campus that is slated to be operational in 2020.
According to Duke Energy’s (NYSE:DUK) DEP, the proposed line would connect the new 230-kV industrial substation to DEP’s existing Lee-Milburnie 230-kV transmission line.
The proposed line’s preferred route originates at the site of the proposed Industrial substation on Novo Nordisk property on the east side of a parcel across Powhatan Road from an existing Novo Nordisk facility, the company said. The route exits the substation to the south for about 1,000 feet before turning southeast and paralleling the north side of an existing Norfolk Southern/Amtrak railroad line for 2,300 feet. The company added that the route then turns east for 4,265 feet before angling slightly more northeast for 630 feet before terminating at the existing Lee-Milburnie 230-kV transmission line tap point.