Category: Utilities

February 9th, 2019 by newbernpostadmin

The Board of Aldermen meets Tuesday to consider the adjustment. 

Here is the background information:

 

CITY OF NEW BERN BOARD OF ALDERMEN

WORK SESSION FEBRUARY 12, 2019- 3:00 P.M.

CITY HALL COURTROOM 300 POLLOCK STREET

 

 

  1. Discussion and Consideration of Wholesale Electric Cost

INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES REQUIRING SPECIAL ASSISTANCE SHOULD CALL 639-7501 NO LATER THAN 3 P.M. THE DATE OF THE MEETING

 

Background

 

ELECTRICITIES  I N O R T H C A R O L I N A, I N C,

To: North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency Board of Commissioners and Alternates

FROM: Kathy L. Moyer, Vice President, Operations

DATE: January 28, 2019

SUBJECT: DAY NOTICE OF NCEMPA WHOLESALE RATE CHANGE

 The Board of Directors adopted, at its meeting on January 25, 2019, the following changes to NCEMPA’s wholesale power service rates based on the recommendations of the NCEMPA Rate Committee and the NCEMPA Board of Commissioners:

  1. A 1.2% increase to Full Requirements rate effective April 1, 2019 through Full Requirements Bulk Power Supply Schedule FR-4;
  2. Continued suspension of Rider 1 through September 2019 to retain the 2017 FRPPA true-up credit of $4.4M within working capital.

These changes were reviewed in detail by the NCEMPA Rate Committee at its meeting on January 10, 2019, and a summary of the information was presented to the NCEMPA Board of Commissioners at its January 23, 2019 meeting. 

In accordance  with the North Carolina General Statutes, Section 159B-10, the changes  to  the rate schedules adopted by the Board of Directors will become effective unless rejected within 30 days by the vote of 2/3 in number of the NCEMPA Board of Commissioners.

Thus, if the Board of Commissioners  desires to  reject the rates adopted by the Board of Directors, it must take action prior to February 27, 2019. If the Board of Commissioners takes no action, the rate schedule and riders adopted will become effective as noted.

Please contact me at (919) 760-6225 if you wish to discuss further these wholesale rate changes as adopted by the Board of Directors.

The attachments include an explanation of these rate changes together with marked copies of the rate schedule and riders listed.

Attachments

cc:  NCEMPA City Managers NCEMPA Utility Directors NCEMPA Finance Directors

Gary Brunault, GOS Sr. Management Staff

ElectriCities Board of Directors

KM/ts                                                                                                      919.760.6000

1427 Meadow Wood Blvd.

Raleigh, North Carolina 27604               www.electricities.com

North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency Wholesale Power Service Rate Changes

Approved by the ElectriCities Board of Directors on January 25, 2019

The Board of Directors adopted, at its meeting on January 25, 2019, the following changes to NCEMPA’s wholesale power service rates based on the recommendations of the NCEMPA Rate Committee and the NCEMPA Board of Commissioners.

SUMMARY OF WHOLESALE POWER SERVICE RATE CHANGES:

  1. A 1.2% increase to Full Requirements rate effective April 1, 2019 through Full Requirements Bulk Power Supply Schedule FR-4;
  2. Continued suspension of Rider No. 1 through September 2019 to retain the 2017 FRPPA true-up credit of $4.4M within working

Each item is described in more detail below:

FULL REQUIREMENTS RATE REVISION

The Rate Committee met on January 10, 2019 to review updated cost projections for NCEMPA. The 2019-2023 DEP Production System Projections were generally in-line with previous projections reviewed in September 2018. Due to the net effect of the updated cost projections and to maintain target working capital levels, the Rate Committee recommends a 1.2% rate increase effective April 1, 2019. The Demand and Energy rates will be adjusted to align the FR rate structure with DEP’s updated cost projections. Beyond 2019, the rate path includes a projected 3.0% rate increase in 2020. The updated FR-4 rate is proposed to be effective April 1, 2019.

RIDERNO. l,FRPPA TRUE-UP CHARGE/CREDIT

The Rate Committee recommends continued suspension of Rider No. 1 through September 2019 to retain the 2017 FRPPA true-up credit of $4.4M within working capital. Rider No. 1 allows for the suspension and reinstatement of Rider No. 1 on a year-to-year basis upon the recommendation of Board of Commissioners and approval of Board of Directors. In September 2018, the Board of Directors approved suspension of Rider No. 1, keeping the $4.4M FRPPA true-up credit in working capital until the January 2019 Rate Committee meeting to provide for planning flexibility.

Effective: April 1, 2012.&

 NORTH CAROLINA EASTERN MUNICIPAL POWER AGENCY MEMBER ELECTRIC RATE SCHEDULE

FULL REQUIREMENTS BULK POWER SUPPLY SCHEDULE FR-

  1. APPLICABILITY

Service under this Full Requirements Bulk Power Supply Rate Schedule is applicable to all Members as defined in the Full Requirements Power Sales Agreement between North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (“Power Agency”) and its Members, dated as of April 24, 2015 (the “FRPSA”), and is subject to the provisions of the FRPSA and the Debt Service Support Contract between Power Agency and its Members, dated as of April 24, 2015 (the “DSSC”). This rate schedule, as supplemented and amended, is applicable for the sale of Full Requirements Bulk Power Supply, as defined in the FRPSA, for use and resale from existing facilities of adequate type and service. This rate schedule is applicable commencing with the billing month of April, 201&2. to be billed in May, 201&.2_.

.      2. FULL REQUIREMENTS MONTHLY CHARGES

Full Requirements Monthly Charges shall consist of the following Demand Charge and Energy Charge:

Demand Charge:

$ 22.4 per  kW of  Billing Demand Energy Charge:

2.530M94 ¢ per kWh of Billing Energy

  • DETERMINATION OF BILLING DEMAND AND BILLING ENERGY
    1. Determination of Billing Demand

Billing Demand for each Member shall be the average kW measured at the Delivery Point, as such term is defined in the FRPSA, in the 60-minute interval during the current billing month, which is coincident with Duke Energy Progress’s (“DEP”) Monthly Peak Demand, as such term is defined in the Full Requirements Power Purchase Agreement between Power Agency and DEP, dated as of September 5, 2014 (the “FRPPA”), less any capacity allocation, in kW, from the Southeastern Power Administration (“SEPA”) at such point of delivery, but not less than zero.

           2,Determination of Billing Energy

Billing Energy shall be the total energy measured during the current billing month at the Delivery Point, in kWh, less any energy allocation, in kWh, from SEPA at such point of delivery.

  1. GENERAL

Pursuant to the FRPSA and the DSSC, the Monthly Bill will include the Full Requirements Monthly Charges, specified above, and amounts calculated in accordance with the applicable Rider(s) to this Full Requirements Bulk Power Supply Rate Schedule, which are incorporated herein and made a part hereof. Nothing in this Full Requirements Bulk Power Supply Rate Schedule shall be construed to prevent Power Agency from reviewing and amending this Rate Schedule or the Riders hereto and the charges contained herein from time to time.

Posted in Board of Aldermen, Utilities, Utilities

December 19th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

When power is restored, reduce your consumption and save on reheating costs by adjusting your thermostat two degrees above the current temperature inside your home.

Once your thermostat reaches that temperature, continue increasing it by two degree increments until you reach your desired setting.

This will keep the heat strips from coming on. For example, if your thermostat says 62 degrees when the power comes back on, increase it to 64 degrees. When the temperature inside your home reaches 64 degrees, increase the thermostat to 66 degrees … and so on until you get back to your desired setting.

Posted in Duke Energy, New Bern, Utilities, Utilities Tagged with: ,

December 19th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

Update: According to Alderman Sabrina Bengel, “Getting ready to come hot with the repaired line but we may still have to work through some issues as a result of this outage.

“Main reason is it is cold … because of that people’s water heaters and heat strips tend to kick on once power is restored so we have to slowly energize feeders.

“Thank you for your patience.

“Also please note that there was a rumor on facebook that the power outage was due to a substation exploding and would be days to repair… this is NOT TRUE.

“Thankful for our City workers out there.”

Update: City efforts to reroute power form another substation have failed.

“When our crews added lines and customers’ power came back on, the power draw was too much and breakers began flipping,” the city said on its Facebook page. “We are removing those rerouted lines and are working to restore power where we can.”

Update: Officials are saying it may be 9 p.m. before power is restored. The New Bern Police Department is urging drivers to stay home. Once it gets dark, it is difficult for drivers to see police directing traffic at intersections.

If you need to run your car to recharge your mobile device, and if you are doing so by letting your vehicle idle at home, make sure it is not inside a closed garage to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

PREVIOUSLY

An issue with Duke Energy is causing a power outage affecting more than 17,000 households in the New Bern area on Wednesday afternoon, with restoration expected in a couple of hours.

Duke Energy’s outage map online is showing just a handful of customers without power, but the city’s outage map is showing 17,633 customers without power as of 3:18 p.m.

WITN reported that Duke Energy had a vegetation crew they hired doing work along a transmission line when it was damaged.

Power went out between 2 and 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, and at about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the city acknowledged the problem on its Facebook wall.

“We are aware of it and are working to identify the issue,” the city said. “Estimated restoration is 2-4 hours.”

Almost an hour later, the city updated its posting.

“We have just confirmed this is a Duke Energy issue. The city purchases power from Duke and there. Are transmission issues within that service. Estimated outage is still 2-4 hours at this point.”

A short time later, the city posted this: “We are told Duke has deployed resources to repair and restore services as soon as possible.”

The outage did not occur all at once, but instead spread throughout the city in stages.

Law enforcement rushed to important intersections to direct traffic, while at other intersections, motorists were left to remember their Driver Training lessons, some more successfully than others.

Craven County Schools sent out a telephone alert notifying parents that their children may be home later than usual due to traffic issues caused by the outage.

Area agencies and businesses shut down early, including Craven County Government and the Twin Rivers YMCA.

Shortly after 4 p.m., City Manager Mark Stephens issued this statement: “The city is looking at options to potentially reroute. Some power supply to bring some customers back into service, but this will also take some time to complete.”

This would not be 100 percent restoration, but could support some city customers, the statement said. Using that measure, the city was able to restore power to the James City area.

CarolinaEast Medical Center switched to its generators as soon as the power went out and was fully operational, the hospital said on its Twitter feed.

Posted in Duke Energy, Infrastructure, New Bern, Utilities

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