September 27 2017: NCUC Rate Hike Hearing Rally and Banner Hang
The North Carolina Utilities Commission, the government body tasked with regulating Duke Energy’s activities in NC, held a public comment session on Wednesday September 27th 7-10pm. Community Roots organizing a Street Theater Rally and Banner Hang. Duke Energy was requesting a 16.7% rate increase from residential customers to cover, amongst other things, cleanup of their coal ash and the construction of new gas-fired plants including the one in Arden. Community Roots and its partners believe the public must take advantage of this opportunity to voice their opinions to the Commissioners and Duke Energy.
Suzannah Park, leader of the Wild Asheville Community Chorus and director of the Street Theater Rally believes “it’s easy to get lost in the maze of utility regulatory law; we want people to understand the issues at stake, what Duke Energy is asking for and feel empowered to go speak their mind to the Utilities Commissioners. Street theater is a powerful way to reach folks on a personal level by making the invisible or confusing issues, both visible and more easily understood.”
The Street Theater performances focused on key issues raised by Duke Energy’s requests including the $416 millions slated for the building of new infrastructure for production of electricity from gas.
“The building of these gas-fired plants and associated pipelines will continue our reliance on fossil fuels for another 30-40 years, preventing us moving to 100% renewable energy in a time frame that will make a meaningful impact on the current climate crisis. We need to move away from planet warming fossil fuels as soon as possible,”
says Community Roots co-founder Kat Houghton.
The Street Theater Rally and marched from the Vance Monument in downtown Asheville to the Buncombe County Courthouse. A 20′ x 30′ banner was dropped from the roof of a nearby parking garage. The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department generously allowed our team to walk off the roof with no charges and no arrests.
Watch Mountain Stream TV’s Coverage of the rally and the hearing