Duke Energy has applied to the N.C. Utilities Commission for yet another rate increase in an attempt to force ratepayers to finance the cost over-runs of their ongoing construction on the new, un-needed coal-burning power plant at Cliffside, in Rutherford County. This time Duke is asking for a residential rate increase of 17.4 percent on top of the five percent they just received for the increasing cost of fossil-fuels. The cost of street lighting for local governments (and taxpayers) will rise another eight percent, if Duke’s request is granted.
This rate increase has the potential to cripple already struggling families, businesses and industries throughout our state, causing more mortgage foreclosures, business failures and job losses.
Isn’t it time we all stepped up to the plate to say “NO”?
We will have the opportunity. The Utilities Commission is holding two public hearings in western North Carolina on Duke Energy’s rate-hike request: In Marion, on Oct. 25; and in Franklin, on Oct. 26. Residents are strongly urged to attend one of these hearings to tell Duke Energy and the Utilities Commission how you feel about this matter.
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Executive Director, The Canary Coalition