December 12, 2017
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.
December 3, 2017
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.
November 20, 2017
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.
November 17, 2017
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
October 23, 2017
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.
October 23, 2017
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.
September 26, 2017
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.”
September 26, 2017
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.
September 25, 2017
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.
September 22, 2017
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