Thanks to the hard work of you and other concerned citizens we were able to prevent an almost 20% Duke Energy rate hike last year. However, almost before the ink was dry on the February order for a 7.2% increase, Duke was quoted as saying that they will be filing another increase in the second half of this year (probably another double digit request). Even more disturbing is that they will likely get an Annual Rate Hike Bill introduced in May that will allow them to avoid a rate hearing to pass along pre-construction costs for power plants even if they are never completed. This would essentially give Duke a blank check to quickly double our rates.
That’s why I’d like to invite you to a special meeting and training event to learn what we need to do now to prevent this from happening. Connie Harris and Tania Duran-Eyre, NC WARN organizers from Durham, will be facilitating the training program which will include (1) Understanding the rate process, (2) How the system works, (3) How to develop a convincing message, and (4) How to take effective action.
The meeting will take place Thursday, March 29, from 6:30 to 8:80 PM at the Carole Hoefener Community Services Center, 610 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204. Parking is free and food and refreshments will be provided between 6:30 and 7:00 PM.
Please RSVP to Bill@consumersagainstratehikes.org to confirm your availability or contact me at (704) 367-0068 for more information. Please forward this invitation to others that you know that might want to attend a meeting on this important issue.