During this time of Covid-19, when people have lost jobs and many are food insecure, it is inappropriate for Duke Energy Progress to ask for any rate increase, much less a 14.3% increase.

Because of the virus, the NC Public Utilities Commission extended its period for pubic comment to June 30. It is essential for the Commission to hear from ratepayers who oppose this rate increase.

For background info, talking points, and a direct link for submitting comments, see the Western North Carolina Sierra Club website (WENOCA.org). Key points include:

  1. Say NO to a 14.3% rate increase.
  2. Say NO to more investments in fossil fuel plants.
  3. Say NO to charging ratepayers for coal ash cleanups.
  4. Demand that Duke invest in renewable energy instead of fossil fuels.