Public hearing dates set for Duke Energy rate increase request

Mar. 12, 2013 @ 07:24 PM

Hearings will begin in May to get public comment on Duke Energy Carolinas’ rate increase request.

The utility filed a request with the N.C. Utilities Commission to raise electric rates to increase its revenues by about $446 million, or 9.7 percent.

The utility has said in a news release that residential customers who use 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month would see their bills increase from $102.72 to $116.99 if the rate increase is approved as filed.

The utility said in a news release that more than 90 percent of the request is driven by electric system capital investments.

The public hearings are slated to start in Franklin May 21. Subsequent hearings will be held in Marion, Winston-Salem, Charlotte and Hillsborough.

A public hearing was originally planned at the Durham County Courthouse, but was moved to Hillsborough because Durham County officials told commission officials that the courthouse would not be available at that time, according to an order from the commission chairman.

The hearing in Hillsborough will be at 6 p.m. July 2 at the Orange County Courthouse at 106 E. Margaret Lane.

Duke Energy Carolinas’ service area includes 44 counties in North Carolina, in central and western portions of the state. It has about 123,000 customers in Durham County, said Jeff Brooks, a spokesman for the utility.

The company provides retail electric services to 1.9 million customers in North Carolina.