North Carolina Utilities Commission
|North Carolina Utilities Commission|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012 FY Budget:||$7,607,752|
|Length of term:||8 years|
|Authority:||Chapter 62 of the North Carolina General Statutes|
|Leadership:||Edward Finley, Jr.|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by Governor|
|Other North Carolina Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Superintendent of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Commissioner • Labor Commissioner • Public Service Commission|
Passed in 1963, Chapter 62 of the North Carolina General Statutes, more commonly known as the Public Utilities Act, created the Utilities Commission in order to regulate the rates, services, and operations of public utilities.
There are no specific qualifications for this office.
In the event of a vacancy in the office, the governor appoints a new commissioner to finish the unexpired term of the vacated position. That individual may, then, be re-appointed to a full term.
The North Carolina Utilities Commission is charged with administering and enforcing the Public Utilities Act to ensure that the state has an efficient and economic public utility system. Duties of the commission include:
- Regulating electricity, telephones (including payphones), natural gas, water, wastewater, water resale, household goods transportation, busses, brokers, and ferryboats.
- Regulating, to a lesser extent, electric membership corporations, small power products, and electric merchant plants
- Administering programs to ensure the safety or natural gas pipelines
- Conducting administrative hearings
- Fixing the rates of public utilities
The commission does NOT regulate the following utilities:
There are three divisions within the commission:
- The Administrative Division includes the chief clerk's office and the legal, court reporter and computer support sections.
- The Financial Management Division manages the commission's budget and other fiscal matters. The staff handle the collection of a public utility regulatory fee from all jurisdictional utilities.
- The Operations Division provides regulatory, financial, cost accounting, financal, economic, engineering, statistical, and operations analysis support and councel to the commission.
The certified budget for the Utilities Commission for the 2012 fiscal year was $7,607,752 excluding a cash transfer to the State Treasurer mandated by the Legislature.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
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Contact informationNorth Carolina Utilities Commission
430 North Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27603-5918
4325 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27603-4325
Email: Consumer Services
- ↑ North Carolina Utilities Commission, " Commissioners," accessed August 1, 2013
- ↑ North Carolina Utilities Commission, "North Carolina’s Public Utility Infrastructure & Regulatory Climate," 7, accessed June 24, 2013
- ↑ The Council of State Governments,"The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," retrieved April 23, 2011