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Why doesn’t the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority have to get approval for rate increases from the N.C. Utilities Commission?

Jessica Toomer
StarNews

Kenneth Rudder of the N.C. Utilities Commission said the short and simple answer is that the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority is exempt from commission regulation per N.C. General Statute 62-3(23)(d). As such, the authority is free to raise or lower rates or fees as needed to meet its business environment without approval from any regulatory body. The authority is, however, under the jurisdiction of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources for water quality and other operational matters. If you have questions on those subjects, you can call the Wilmington Regional office of the N.C. DENR at (910) 796-7215.

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6 Responses to “ Why doesn’t the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority have to get approval for rate increases from the N.C. Utilities Commission?”

  1. On October 11, 2010 at 3:15 pm Susan wrote:

    Rather than just providing a link to the law, it would be helpful if you explained WHY they are exempt. I assume it’s because they are a public utility rather than a private company, but without answering that, I don’t think this answer is complete.

  2. On October 11, 2010 at 3:47 pm Jim Ware wrote:

    You’re right, Susan. Here’s further explanation from Carey Ricks, spokeswoman for the CFPUA: Cape Fear Public Utility Authority is recognized as a local government by N.C. state statutes. Those statutes don’t require the authority to receive approval from the state before increasing or decreasing rates.

  3. On October 12, 2010 at 1:30 pm Sandi wrote:

    They SHOULD have to get permission from someone out there who isn’t financially benefiting from the business. it seems to me the CFPU has been a total disaster since the very beginning . Many bad decisions have been made and since it is monopolized we have no choice but to pay for all of them.

  4. On December 2, 2010 at 3:47 pm Wayne wrote:

    Have they EVER lowered their rates?

  5. On December 30, 2010 at 9:42 am Charles wrote:

    GS 62.81 seems to indicate that the Authority should have advertised public hearings concerning rate increases. Have there been any such hearings?

  6. On August 25, 2011 at 8:55 am JP Davis wrote:

    The disabled citizens of NHC use to get a discount on the H2O bill b4 the CFPUA took over. Since the CFPUA was formed this is not true anymore.



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