Hire North Carolina

At Duke Energy, we work hard to make sure local suppliers and contractors are aware of potential opportunities to work with us, which helps grow the economies of the communities we serve. The Hire North Carolina Rule that was recently issued by the North Carolina Utilities Commission to encourage utilities to utilize resident contractors further concentrates our efforts to use in-state companies.

If you are a qualified North Carolina supplier or contractor that performs work related to construction, extension and/or repair of facilities and are interested in doing business with Duke Energy, please register within Power Advocate and send an email requesting a link to the Self-Certification form to HireNC@Duke-Energy.com.

To help further encourage and measure utility utilization of North Carolina resident contractors and businesses, including women- and minority-owned businesses, the North Carolina Utilities Commission has implemented Hire North Carolina. To encourage the participation of resident contractors as prime contractors and subcontractors, Duke Energy is developing a Hire North Carolina list. This list will consist of resident contractors, including women- and minority-owned businesses, determined to be qualified in order to expand the contracting source pool within the state of North Carolina.

A ‘resident contractor’ is defined as a prime contractor or subcontractor, be it corporate, individual or a partnership, domiciled or having its principal place of business in the state of North Carolina. Domiciled can be considered the location of the corporate headquarters or where a company's executive management and key managerial and support staff are located.

Hire North Carolina covers contracts for construction, extension and/or repair of facilities or other utility projects that meet the following criteria:

  • Located in North Carolina
  • In excess of $700,000
  • Excluding materials
  • Excluding planned or unplanned outage work

For all Hire North Carolina contracts, a Hire North Carolina list of qualified resident contractors will be provided to the prime contractor for consideration when awarding subcontracts arising out of the prime contract. See the Hire North Carolina Rule here.

The following are Hire North Carolina contract categories from which Duke Energy actively solicits qualified resident North Carolina-based bidders:

  • Construction and Maintenance
    • Chimney and Stacks
    • Site Work and Building Construction
    • Concrete Construction
    • Demolition Construction
    • Drilling and Boring
    • Electrical Construction
    • Excavation and Foundation
    • HVAC Construction
    • Mechanical Construction
    • Lighting Construction
    • Plumbing Construction
    • Solar Construction
    • Switchyard Construction
    • Telecom Construction
    • Wind Construction
    • Craft Labor
    • Maintenance and Repair Services
    • Welding Services
  • Facilities Services
    • Building Maintenance and Repair Services
    • Elevators
    • Fire Protection
    • Paving
  • Transmission and Distribution Services
    • Electrical Construction
    • Gas Construction
    • Metering Services
    • Outdoor Lighting and Maintenance
    • T&D Construction
    • T&D Maintenance and Repairs
    • T&D Paving and Concrete Services
    • T&D Testing Services
    • Underground Drilling and Trenching
    • Underground Utility Location Services
    • Vegetation Management

In order to be added to the Hire North Carolina list, Duke Energy must obtain written representation from its contractors and suppliers regarding their resident contractor status (as defined in the Hire North Carolina regulation). The following steps are to be completed to be added to the Hire North Carolina list. If your company already does business with Duke Energy, please note within the Self-Certification Form.

All contractors and suppliers must first register within Power Advocate. Once registered, please send an email to HireNC@Duke-Energy.com to request a link to the Self-Certification Form. Complete the Self-Certification Form within Power Advocate. This Self-Certification Form includes requests for the following information:

  • Self-Certification of North Carolina Resident Status
  • Company Capabilities (Work Categories)
  • Summary and Volume of Most Recent Projects Completed
  • Credit Risk: Financial Statements for the Past Two Years
  • Proof of Liability Insurance
  • Registration within Avetta Contractor Safety Database

Once these forms are completed, Duke Energy will review and qualify the resident contractor and add them to the Hire North Carolina list.

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