In February and March 2013, we worked with our allies to organize testimony at Utilities Commission hearings related to Progress Energy’s rate hike request.
Those hearings have now concluded. Thank you to the hundreds of people who wrote letters and emails to the Utilities Commission, attended our workshops and trainings, and came out to the public hearings to testify so eloquently about the impact that the Progress rate hikes would have on your lives.
Read NC WARN’s analysis of the tentative settlement reached between Progress Energy and the Public Staff of the Utilities Commission. It shows that, contrary to Progress claims that it halved its original request, residential rates could still rise as much as 10% while large industrial customers receive little or no increase.
Two webinars we offered to help those planning to testify at the IRP or Progress rate hike hearings or to share their thoughts in an email or letter to the editor:
Information on the utilities’ long-term Integrated Resource Plans, the rate hikes and our Responsible Energy Future proposal with NC WARN’s Executive Director Jim Warren and Legal Counsel John Runkle.
How to Tell a Compelling Story — NC WARN and Greenpeace Training. Use what you learn to speak out for the real public good at the rate hike hearings.
Hearings on the 2013 IRPs were held on February 11 in Raleigh and February 28 in Charlotte.
A total of 145 people were in the Raleigh audience, 65 signed up to speak and 44 actually spoke, with testimony going on till after 11 p.m. We held a press conference at the Dobbs Building the previous Friday to announce publication of our new report: A Responsible Energy Future for North Carolina: An Alternative to the Duke Energy-Progress Energy Plans for the Crucial Years 2013–2032.
See the full report here.
Read the summary.
See an excerpt from the press conference or the full, unedited video (13:37).