Notice of Hearing and Request for Member Input on

New Federal Energy Standards

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative (CCEC) is soliciting public input regarding Demand-Response (DR) Standards and Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Standards as part of new requirements contained in the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021, which amended Title I of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA).  The amendment to PURPA requires CCEC to seek public input and hold a hearing on DR and EV standards before November 15, 2023.

The CCEC Board of Directors will determine whether it is appropriate to implement the DR and/or EV standards to carry out the purposes for which PURPA was enacted.  Those purposes are to encourage (1) the conservation of energy supplied by electric utilities; (2) the optimization of the efficiency of use of facilities and resources by electric utilities; and (3) equitable rates to electric customers.  (See 16 U.S.C. § 2611.)  The CCEC Board of Directors may decline to implement DR and/or EV standards, in which case the Board of Directors will state in writing the reasons declining to implement the standards.  Such statement of reasons will be available to the public.

Important Dates:  Members of the public must submit input in the form of written comments no later than 5:00 PM on March 15, 2023.  All responsive comments will be available to the public at no later than April 15, 2023. 

CCEC's Board of Directors will conduct its hearing on May 22, 2023, at or around 5:30 PM.  The hearing will be based on the written record and public comment will not be taken or allowed during the hearing.  After the hearing (but no later than November 15, 2023), the CCEC Board of Directors will determine whether it is appropriate to implement DR and EV standards.  

The CCEC Board of Directors will consider all written input in accordance with the requirements of PURPA.  The conduct of the hearing as well as the relevance and weight to be given to all written input, to the extent practicable as determined by CCEC's legal counsel, will follow Robert's Rules of Procedure (11th Edition) and the North Carolina Rules of Evidence.  CCEC's legal counsel will address and recommend to the CCEC Board of Directors any resolution of procedural or evidentiary issues relevant to the hearing. 

After the hearing, the CCEC Board of Directors may accept as part of the written record, where good cause for doing so exists, studies or other documentation provided by state or federal agencies or professional studies or reports commissioned by CCEC.  In addition, the CCEC Board of Directors may revise or revoke any adopted standards at any time after November 15, 2023, without further public input or hearings. 

The CCEC Board of Directors' determination will be available at on or before November 15, 2023.

Current DR and EV Charging Programs

DR and EV charging programs provide financial and environmental incentives to both CCEC members and CCEC as a whole, when members can reduce or shift energy used during times of high demand.  EVs are vehicles powered by electricity, generally provided by a battery, that will charge by being connected to CCEC’s electrical grid.

Here at the cooperative, we offer programs and services to meet the evolving needs of our members, increase energy efficiency, and expand beneficial electrification to enhance the lives of those we serve. To that end, we are proud to offer demand-response and EV charging programs that may fit many lifestyles.  Read about some of our options below. 

Time-of-Use Rates:  Our time-of-use (TOU) rate gives you the potential to save money by using less energy when demand for electricity is high, or during on-peak hours. Alternatively, this rate plan encourages you to shift your use of electricity when demand is low, or during off-peak hours, by paying less per kilowatt hour (kWh) than our standard energy usage charge. Visit for more information.  

EV Time-of-Use: The Electric Vehicle (EV) time-of-use rate encourages members that are EV owners to shift electric vehicle charging to off-peak times. Members enrolled in the EV Time-of-Use program can take advantage of a reduced kilowatt-hour (kWh) rate by charging their EV between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Visit for more information.

Connect to Save Smart Thermostat and Water Heater Control Program: Learn how using a smart thermostat and water heater control can save you money on your monthly electric bill and help the entire cooperative reduce demand. Members who participate in Connect to Save by allowing the cooperative to minimally adjust their thermostat during times of peak demand are eligible to receive a $50 yearly incentive and a discounted smart thermostat. Details about Connect to Save can be found online at

Background: Statutory Standards Under Consideration

    1. CCEC shall promote the use of demand-response and demand flexibility practices by commercial, residential, and industrial consumers to reduce electricity consumption during periods of unusually high demand.
    2. CCEC may establish rate mechanisms for the timely recovery of the costs of promoting demand-response and demand flexibility practices in accordance with subparagraph (a).
    1. CCEC shall consider measures to promote greater electrification of the transportation sector, including the establishment of rates that:
      1. promote affordable and equitable electric vehicle charging options for residential, commercial, and public electric vehicle charging infrastructure;
      2. improve the customer experience associated with electric vehicle charging, including by reducing charging times for light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles;
      3. accelerate third-party investment in electric vehicle charging for light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles; and
      4. appropriately recover marginal costs of delivering electricity to electric vehicles and electric vehicles charging infrastructure.

Feedback WantedInput must be made in the form of a written comment.  If you would like to comment, please use the official CCEC comment form.  The comment form is available through:  

  2. CCEC offices located at 1300 Highway 24, Newport and 450 McCotter Blvd, Havelock.
  3. Request made via telephone at (800) 682-2217 or email at
  4. Download the form here

Written comments that are not made on the official form will be reviewed, but may be rejected for being nonresponsive at the discretion of CCEC.

Comments from individuals or entities that are not CCEC members may be weighted less than comments from CCEC members in the CCEC Board of Directors' discretion.  

Please provide your written comments in one of the following ways:

  1. Via comment form at
  2. Via US Mail addressed to Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative, Attention: Communications, PO BOX 1490, Newport NC 28570
  3. Via email to
  4. Via delivery service (for example, UPS) or hand delivery to the CCEC office at 1300 Highway 24, Newport or 450 McCotter Blvd, Havelock.