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North Carolina Energy: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Renewable energy:

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Renewable energy portfolio: Senate Law (SL) 2007-397

Wind energy facilities: 15A North Carolina Administrative Code (NCAC) 07H.0106 and 15A NCAC 07H.0208

Regulatory Agencies

North Carolina Utilities Commission

North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. To date, the federal government's involvement in renewable energy programs has been limited to voluntary programs and to providing financial incentives for renewable energy generation.

North Carolina state legislation has established a renewable energy portfolio standard and has developed regulations for the permitting of certain renewable energy facilities.

Administration and enforcement. The North Carolina Utilities Commission will oversee the state's renewable energy portfolio standard. DENR administers and enforces the permitting of wind energy facilities.

State Requirements

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard

SL 2007-397

North Carolina has passed renewable energy portfolio statutes requiring each public and municipal electric utility company that sells electricity in North Carolina to use renewable energy resources to supply a set portion of retail energy sales.

Public utility companies. Public utilities must establish a renewable energy portfolio as follows:

  • 2012: 3 percent of 2011 retail sales
  • 2015: 6 percent of 2014 retail sales
  • 2018: 10 percent of 2017 retail sales
  • 2021: 12.5 percent of 2020 retail sales

Up to 25 percent of the aforementioned requirements may be satisfied through the implementation of energy ...


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