Come out Thursday night February 20th in Asheville to oppose the Duke rate hike. In October 2019, The Center for Biological Diversity and Appalachian Voices filed a petition against the proposed Duke Energy rate hike. They argue that for Duke to simply raise rates without promoting renewable energy is not only shortsighted, it’s the wrong thing for North Carolinians. Rory McIlmoil, Senior Energy Analyst for Appalachian Voices, made clear at a hearing last month that Duke’s proposed rate hikes will only prop up their outdated grid and energy system. Increasing consumer’s electricity costs, he argues, is part of Duke’s plan to pass on the cost of cleaning up their 14 coal ash basins across North Carolina to ratepayers.
The Center is advocating for rate structures that encourage the widespread adoption of distributed renewable energy and that stop the lock-in of fossil fuel power generation. More info on the hearing process to date here.
To make your voice heard, attend the hearing on February 20th at the Buncombe County Courthouse in Asheville at 7pm! Want to speak up but are afraid you won’t know how to get your point across effectively? The Center has published a fact sheet you can use.
Duke Energy Carolinas is part of the Duke Energy Corporation, one of the largest utility companies in the world and the number one carbon polluter among all U.S. utilities.
To submit a public comment or to find out more about the rate increase request, visit https://www.ncuc.net/hearings/e7sub1214hearing.html.
Here’s a list of hearing locations, dates and times:
Duke Energy Progress NCUC Hearings
Thursday, February 20 at 7pm
Buncombe County Courthouse
60 Court Plaza
Thursday, February 27 at 7pm
Richmond County Judicial Center
Jury Assembly Room, 3rd Floor
105 West Franklin Street
Monday, March 2 at 7pm
Commission Hearing Room 2115
430 North Salisbury Street
Tuesday, March 3 at 7pm
New Hanover County Courthouse
316 Princess Street
Wednesday, March 4 at 7pm
Greene County Courthouse
301 North Greene Street