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In North Carolina, Opportunities in Rate Design, Data Access, and Grid Modernization

Posted by Allison Eckley

Apr 10, 2018 10:05:33 AM

powerlines-sunset-Tom-Burke-cropped This is a guest post by the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, a member of AEE's State Coalition, which originally published it here

Last summer, Duke Energy Progress (DEP) filed a rate case with the NC Utilities Commission (NCUC). As advocates for clean energy, NCSEA pays close attention to any changes in utility rate structures; in particular, how the proposed changes impact access to energy efficiency and renewable energy options for customers. Accordingly, NCSEA was heavily engaged in the DEP rate case proceeding. Our team’s deep dive into DEP’s request uncovered three primary opportunities for clean energy, which shaped our testimony and arguments in the December rate case hearing: fair rate design, transparent access to energy consumption data for customers, and the need for true grid modernization in the utility’s proposed grid investment plans. 

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