RALEIGH -- Representatives from Progress Energy and Duke were side-by-side Wednesday in front of the state's Utilities Commission.
And as the clock ticks toward the July 1 target for the merger to be completed, it seem every order of business between the two companies is being carefully examined.
"FERC 1000 relates to how we plan our transmission system. And our need to comply is independent of the merger we will be doing this either way," said Duke Energy Transmission Planning Director Ed Ernst.
What isn't independent of the merger is seven transmission expansion projects between Progress Energy and Duke.
Of the seven projects six of them belong to Progress Energy, while one, replacing two existing transmitters at the Antioch Substation, belongs to Duke.
"The way they'll actually get implemented once we're merged it would be more of a joint effort, but most of the projects are in the Progress Energy area or connected to the Progress Energy area," said Progress Energy System Planning Director Sam Waters.
The Duke project is expected to take the longest to complete. But officials with the energy company are confident the project, like the merger, will be completed.
"It's hard to say what company will be doing what but the bottom line is it will all be one company and that will be Duke Energy. And we'll have various subsidiaries doing a lot of different work around the system," said Duke Energy spokesman Tom Williams.
In addition to the North Carolina Utilities Commission the merger also has to be approved by the South Carolina Utilities Commission which officials say should happen by the end of the month.
Just one of many steps the two companies are taking as they continue to work on becoming the largest power company in the country.