Joining other coastal states (including Florida, Louisiana and Texas[1]), North Carolina (NC) is considering permitting utility tariff bonds for storm recovery. In both SB 559, filed in NC’s Senate on April 2, 2019, and in HB 624, filed in NC’s House on April 4, 2019, storm recovery costs (and related storm recovery reserves) would be permitted to be covered by a required “financing order,” and an applicant utility obtaining such a financing order would be permitted to issue related utility tariff bonds and bill customers for a non-bypassable charge to repay those bonds.
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