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North Carolina Utilities Commission
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
Total Seats:  7
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   8 years
Authority:  Chapter 62 of the North Carolina General Statutes
Leadership:  Edward Finley, Jr.
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
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The North Carolina Utilities Commission is a seven person executive board in the North Carolina state government. The commission, charged with the regulation of rates and services of public utilities, is the oldest regulatory body in the state.

Current officeholder

The current chairman is Edward Finley, Jr.. He serves alongside William Culpepper, Bryan Beatty, Susan Rabon, ToNola Brown-Bland, Lucy Allen, and Don Bailey.


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.


The commissioners are appointed by the Governor, with consent of the general assembly, to eight year terms. The chairman, designated by the governor, for four-years.


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:

  • telephone membership corporations
  • cable and satellite TV
  • commercial mobile radio service
  • date and internet service providers
  • cellular service
  • pagers


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.


See also: Compensation of state executive officers


In 2012, the commissioners were paid an estimated $137,203. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the Chair of the North Carolina Utilities Commission was paid an estimated $123,936 according to the Council of State Governments.[1]

Contact information

North Carolina Utilities Commission
North Carolina

430 North Salisbury Street
Dobbs Building
Raleigh, NC 27603-5918

Mailing address:
4325 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27603-4325

Phone: 919-733-7328
Fax: 919-733-7300
Email: Consumer Services

Departmental contact information

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