Blue Ridge Public Radio – Opponents of Duke Energy Rate Hike Speak Out At Hearing

Opponents of Duke Energy’s plan to raise monthly rates close to 17% packed a public hearing in Asheville Wednesday night.  The North Carolina Utilities Commission is holding a series of public hearings across the state to get ratepayer reaction to Duke’s plan.

The average bill could go up close to $18 a month if the commission approves Duke’s request. It’s the utility’s desire to use some of that new revenue to clean up coal ash that had many in attendance angered, like Hartwell Carson of Mountain True.