Rate Hike Hearings
- December 27th, 2012
Are you ready for the clean energy future? Are you sick of the utilities dragging their feet on the way there? Then join us at the public hearings on Duke Energy’s rate-hike request and make your voice heard.
Workshops & Trainings
Come learn about statewide efforts to shift Duke Energy away from using more fossils fuels and funding them with serial rate hikes imposed on residential and small business customers. We need a responsible energy future that will create better health, more jobs and less climate pollution!
Duke Energy wants to build more climate-wrecking power plants that we don’t need, while holding back thousands of clean energy and weatherization jobs.
This is Duke’s third rate hike since 2009 – it would boost average residential rates by 13.9% and rates for small to medium-sized businesses would go up as much as 10.7%.
The groundswell of public turnout to these hearings is having an effect. The N.C. Supreme Court rejected Duke’s 2012 rate hike, for now, after public opposition led Attorney General Roy Cooper to intervene.
There will be public hearings on the rate hike on June 19 in Winston-Salem, June 26 in Charlotte and July 2 in Hillsborough. The Speak Out Trainings below will give you the background and tools you need to tell your story compellingly at the rate hike hearings.
Help us ramp up efforts to challenge the nation’s largest electric utility! We can lead the clean energy revolution with your help! Click links to get more details and to register for these Speak Out Trainings that will help you learn to share your story at the Duke Energy rate hike hearings.
June 13, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Charlotte
June 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Winston-Salem
June 18, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Charlotte
June 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Durham
June 22, 1pm to 3pm, Muggs Coffee Shop, 5126 Park Rd #1, Charlotte, NC 28209
Monday, May 13: NC WARN’s Executive Director Jim Warren and Legal Counsel John Runkle explained the details of the Duke Energy rate hike request and how it unfairly impacts families and small businesses. Click here to watch and listen to the webinar.
How You Can Help
• Come to one of the hearings below.
• Write a letter to the editor.
• Sign our rate hike petition.
• View and print a PDF of the petition to gather signatures in your area.
• Send a short email to Utilities Commission Chairman Ed Finley to voice your
• Attend one of the workshops or webinars on the list above to learn more about the possibilities for action.
• Email us at email@example.com if you have questions or would like to be kept informed of our plans.
Duke Energy Rate Hike Hearings
Franklin: May 21, 7:00 pm, Macon County Courthouse, 5 W. Main St., Courtroom A
* July 2 hearing moved from Durham to Hillsborough due to new security requirements at the Durham courthouse. We will pursue options for getting the hearing moved back to Durham, where the bulk of local Duke ratepayers live. Stay tuned!
|More rate hike information:Charlotte Observer article: Doing the math on Duke’s rate hikeDuke Energy Rate Hike Fact Sheet showing how Duke rigs rates against small customersConsumers Against Rate Hikes fact sheet showing why the rate hikes would be bad for small business
Utility Hearings Toolkit prepared by the N.C. Association of Community Development Corporations
Earlier 2013 Hearings
Visit our 2013 Actions page for information on Utilities Commission hearings held earlier in the year regarding Progress Energy rate hikes and the utilities’ IRPs (Integrated Resource Plans).
“I’m digging into my profits to build a solar roaster for my cacao beans to push the limits of possibility. Can you imagine what could happen if Progress Energy dug into its profits to push the limits of possibility?
– Dan Rattigan, owner of The French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Asheville, NC, testifying at a Progress Energy rate hike hearing in March