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What to include in the capital plan is up to the utility. However, a few external factors could influence what a utility chooses to include in its plan. Funding agencies often require submission of specific information that can/should be collected in the capital plans, and some even specify the need for an approved CIP or Asset Management Plan. Likewise, other agencies often require submission of specific information in Reporting Forms that can/should be collected in the capital plans. Free CIP and Asset Management-creation software have their own requirements. Finally, there are several “Best Practice Guides” that make recommendations on what to include in capital plans.
The reference chart below lists the requirements and recommendations made by many of the sources that influence what utilities in North Carolina include in their capital plans. Listing all of these sources in one document provides you with a reference that allows you to quickly compare and assess what you may want to include in your capital plan, following the recommendations of sources you choose to follow. Although the guide was written specifically for NC utilities, utilities in other states may also find it useful.