A highly controversial rate increase sought by Duke Energy Progress moves into the evidentiary hearing phase Monday at 1pm at the Dobbs Building in Raleigh. The Charlotte-based utility is seeking an overall increase of 14.9 percent, with households targeted for a 16.7 percent hike.
Among the areas NC WARN attorney John Runkle will challenge:
The large rate hike request is a symptom of Duke Energy’s business model of constructing fracked gas-burning power plants, raising rates and running a successfully deceptive PR campaign to look green even as it works with the Koch brothers to stifle the growth of renewable energy. If Duke is allowed to continue on this track, there will be many more rate increases.
And if Duke Energy’s massive expansion of fracked gas continues forward with little open debate, the hyper-potent methane spewing, unburned, into the air from gas wells, pipelines and power plants will remain a key factor in accelerating the climate crisis.
Day 1 of Duke Energy Progress rate increase hearings in the books – WRAL News
Duke Energy wants to pass coal-ash cleanup costs to you – ABC11 News
Coal ash debate takes center stage as Duke rate hike cases get underway – NC Policy Watch