DEP seeks N.C. regulatory waiver of requirements regarding proposed tap line project

Duke Energy Progress, in an April 30 letter of intent to file for a waiver of certain notice and hearing requirements, told the North Carolina Utilities Commission that it has determined that the addition of a second transformer at the Angier 230-kV/24-kV substation would provide the necessary capacity to serve existing and future load, as well as increase service reliability to the area.

The new bank would be energized via an additional tap line, about 280 feet in length, from the Harris Plant-Erwin 230-kV transmission line, the company said.

The tap line would be located about 200 feet southwest of Structure #182-1 on the Harris Plant-Erwin line, and would cross under the line at about 90 degrees, the company said. A new point of intersection would be set about 60 feet northwest of the centerline of the Harris Plant-Erwin line, the company said, adding that the line would then proceed southeast for about 280 feet southeast where it would terminate at an A-frame dead-end steel structure in the substation.

The majority of the right of way (ROW) needed for the new tap structure is located within the 100-feet ROW of the Harris Plant-Erwin line or on property at the Angier 230-kV substation, the company said. DEP also noted that it acquired ROW of about 3,000 square feet of space between the existing ROW and substation property by easement.

While a certificate of environmental compatibility and public convenience and necessity (CPCN) is required for the line’s location, N.C. Gen. Stat. §62-101(d) authorizes the utility to obtain a waiver of the notice and hearing requirements for such a CPCN if certain requirements are met, the company said, adding that the tap line project meets those conditions.

Among other things, the company said that it has advised public staff of its tap line project.

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