AN ACT TO MAKE TECHNICAL, CLARIFYING, CONFORMING, AND ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES TO THE LAWS RELATED TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND TO INCREASE THE NONUTILITY FILING FEE FOR A CERTIFICATE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE AND NECESSITY.
House committee substitute amends the 1st edition as follows.
Modifies the proposed changes to the duties of public staff of the Utilities Commission under GS 62-15 to include petitioning to initiate proceeds to review and take appropriate actions with respect to the rates and operations of public utilities (previously also included management of public utilities).
Further amends GS 62-81 by requiring that all rate cases or proceedings be subject to the timeframe established under GS 62-134(b), which governs rate change notice, schedules and related hearings. Expands upon the ways in which a public utility filing or applying for an increase in rates for electric, telephone, natural gas, water, or sewer service may notify its customers, to also include electronic means.
Makes a technical correction to a statutory cross reference made in the proposed changes to GS 143-151.42 regarding the prohibition against master meters.
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