The North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) has made preliminary assignments of unfranchised gas-service areas to local distribution companies (LDCs), pursuant to a 1995 state law. An earlier NCUC order sought applications from LDCs (see, Re Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity for Natural Gas Service, 164 PUR4th 591 (N.C.U.C. 1995)). In its current ruling, the NCUC found that it should assign areas for which it had received no application for a certificate based on certain factors: 1) proximity of existing facilities, 2) geographic arrangement of the LDC's existing service territories, and 3) status of an LDC's existing expansion fund. LDCs may protest the preliminary assignments and offer rationales for assigning an area to another LDC. Re Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity for Natural Gas Service, Docket No. G-100, sub 69, May 14, 1996 (N.C.U.C.).
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