Duke Energy and Progress Energy have agreed to disclose additional information about their ongoing efforts to comply with the swine/poultry waste-to-energy obligations included in the Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS) law. The utilities filed a settlement agreement on Tuesday, July 31 with the North Carolina Utilities Commission.
Earlier this summer, North Carolina’s electric suppliers — Duke, Progress, Dominion and the municipal and cooperative power companies — indicated to the Commission that they would not be able to comply with their 2012 and 2013 swine and poultry waste-to-energy REPS requirements.
Duke and Progress entered into an agreement with the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA), the North Carolina Pork Council, the North Carolina Poultry Federation and the North Carolina Farm Bureau. The agreement shows how the parties are collaboratively moving policy forward for North Carolina’s renewable energy and energy efficiency industries.
NCSEA’s primary objectives in settling with the above parties were to:
1) position the REPS and the swine, solar and poultry set asides in a way that insulates these policies from reduction in scale or scope or elimination in 2013 by the General Assembly;
2) create a transparent, achievable path to compliance with all three set asides – swine, solar and poultry, and
3) achieve an outcome that matches the unique compliance status and needs of the three set asides.
If approved by the Utilities Commission, the agreement will help to ensure the utilities’ future compliance with the swine and poultry set-asides such as improving transparency and communication.
Under the agreement, in addition to the reporting requirements, Duke and Progress would also:
While the Public Staff is not a party to the agreement, NCSEA hopes they will come to support the agreement in the coming month. NCSEA commends the parties involved in the agreement for their work. If the Commission approves the agreement, NCSEA believes it would benefit all of North Carolina as we strive to create more resilient, secure and affordable energy future.
The Commission is scheduled to hold a hearing on Aug. 28. But the Public Staff has requested an extension so the hearing may be postponed until September.
Download a copy of the agreement here.
To learn how this agreement will strengthen the REPS law and benefit swine and poultry waste-to-energy developers, please download NCSEA's presentation here.