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North Carolina Bulk Transmission Siting & Regulation(8-NC)

A developer may need to obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the North Carolina Utilities Commission before operating as a public utility or constructing a transmission line over 161 kilovolts. N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. §62-101(a) (1991) and N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. §62-110(a) (1931).

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Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply

Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.


Permitting at a Glance

North Carolina Federal

Transmission Siting: North Carolina does not have a comprehensive transmission siting process.
Preemptive Authority: The North Carolina Utilities Commission has permitting authority over the siting and construction of electric transmission lines. N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. §62-101(a) (1991).
Regulated Entity Definition: A public utility is defined, in part, as any person or corporation producing, generating, transmitting, delivering or furnishing electricity to the public. N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. §62-3(23)(a)(1) (1991).
Public Utility Certificate Threshold: Any person may need a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the North Carolina Public Utilities Commission to operate as a public utility or to construct a transmission line over 161 kV. N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. §62-101(a) (1991), N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. §62-110(a) (1931).
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