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See our page on Duke Energy’s 2017 rate hike requests, with details on hearing dates and other action alerts.

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Duke Energy’s mandatory fee plan is unwise and unfair — The News & Observer

Op-Ed by T. Anthony Spearman and Doug Dickerson. For most North Carolinians, the electric bill is a fact of life, an unavoidable part of the household budget. When times are tight, as they are for far too many of our constituents, families must find a way to pay. Otherwise, they risk having essential electric services shut off. For some, it’s an impossible choice between food, medicine and power.

Push Clean Energy — News & Observer

Letter to the Editor from Jim Warren. The author of “Cooper should crack down on Duke Energy’s hazards” (Nov. 29) was courageous in calling out Duke Energy’s hazardous practices and stranglehold on our democracy. The third leg of Duke’s business model – along with building unneeded power plants and raising rates – is spending tens of millions annually to distort and suppress debate. Read more, including Duke Energy's response.

Proposed Duke Energy rate increase: $17.80 a month — WRAL News

Key hearings on Duke Energy's request to raise household electricity rates 16.7 percent, once slated to begin today, has been delayed a week as government attorneys tasked with representing the public negotiate with the electric utility. The change would increase the typical residential bill $17.80 a month, or about $214 a year. That includes a significant increase in the base rate people pay regardless of how much power they use.

Fight over Duke Energy’s Giant Rate Hike begins Monday — News Release from NC WARN

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.

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

Customer advocate proposal would slash Duke Energy’s N.C. rate hike — Charlotte Business Journal

North Carolina's utility customer advocate proposes all but eliminating Duke Energy Progress’ 14% rate hike, recommending that regulators cut it to an increase of less than one-tenth of a percent. Duke’s hike had proposed an increase in the annual revenue requirement by $419 million. Instead, the Public Staff of the N.C. Utilities Commission proposes that increase go up by just $2.8 million.

AG, customer advocate say ‘bad acts’ by Duke Energy leave shareholders liable for coal-ash costs — Charlotte Business Journal

North Carolina’s utility customer advocate and Attorney General’s office argue Duke Energy Progress customers should not bear all the $311.4 million in coal-ash cleanup costs the utility seeks in its 14% rate hike request.

Protesters turn up heat on Duke’s big rate hike — Progressive Pulse

No commotion. No clapping. No signs. No singing. With the rules of decorum laid out by Capitol Police, Duke Energy Progress District Manager Marty Clayton opened the rate hike hearing Monday night by telling the NC Utilities Commission, “We look forward to hearing from our customers this evening.” That may be true, but it had to be difficult to hear witness after witness lambaste your employer as “backward,” “exploitative,” “untrustworthy” “polluters.”

Coal ash, Energy Bills & Finding Environmental Justice in Prison — The Dirt

Episode 5 of "The Dirt," a monthly radio show on the environment and environmental justice hosted by NC Conservation Network, features a special report highlighting the groups resisting Duke Energy’s attempts to raise consumer energy bills.

Dozens urge commission to reject Duke Energy’s proposed rate hike — WNCN

Dozens of Duke Energy customers told the North Carolina Utilities Commission Monday to reject a proposed rate increase, citing the impact on low-income families and the proposed use of funds to manage coal ash sites.

Speak out Against More Giant Rate Hikes for Dirty Power — Alert from NC WARN

Do you think you should pay for Duke Energy's coal ash cleanup and for nuclear plants that will never be built? 150 turned out to say no at a public hearing in Raleigh on Duke Energy-Progress's nearly 17% residential rate hike request (see news reports here). If you agree with them, come speak out at the Asheville, Snow Hill or Wilmington hearing (details here and here).
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Watch press conference at the Governor's office in Raleigh on June 15, 2017 featuring Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president of the NC NAACP.
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