Public Hearings on Duke Energy Rate Hike

If you are a Duke Energy customer, you probably know by now the utility company wants to raise your electric bill by eighteen percent, but did you realize that's nearly $200 a year?! Even worse, over 13.5% of the rate increase will cover costs such as the dirty Cliffside coal plant, now under construction west of Charlotte. And, 4.5% of the rate increase has already been approved for the rising costs of coal. While other utility companies are shutting coal plants down and cutting customer's power bills, Duke Energy wants to continue building its global warming machine at Cliffside and raise our rates to pay for it.

NC Utilities Commission has scheduled six hearings across the state to hear public comment on this issue.

Let's stand together and tell the NC Utilities Commission to not let Duke Energy waste our money! The cost is too high. Please attend one of the hearings below and RSVP so we know you plan to join us:

Charlotte: Wednesday, September 9, 6 PM at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Center, Chamber Conference Room (CH-14), 600 E. Fourth St. (enter handicapped entrance) RSVP

Durham: Thursday, September 10, 7 PM in the Durham City Hall, Council Chambers, 101 City Hall Plaza RSVP

High Point: Tuesday, September 15, 7 PM in the High Point City Hall, Council Chambers, 211 S. Hamilton St. RSVP

Marion: Thursday, September 17, 7 PM in the McDowell County Courthouse, Courtroom, (Second Floor), Corner of Main and Court St. RSVP

Franklin: Tuesday, September 22, 7 PM in the Macon County Courthouse, Courtroom A, 5 W. Main St. RSVP

Raleigh: Monday, October 19, 1 PM in the Commission Hearing Room 2115, Dobbs Building, 430 North Salisbury St. RSVP

North Carolina residents are ready to move ahead toward a clean energy future with renewable sources of power and real energy efficiency programs. If Duke Energy builds more coal plants, we'll suffer with more air pollution, more mercury in our waterways and fish, and more global warming.

Instead of a rate hike, the Cliffside coal plant construction should be stopped. Recent Duke Energy data adds to proof that the $2.4 billion plant is not needed. Over two dozen organizations have petitioned the Utilities Commission to halt construction and conduct evidentiary hearings. To learn more about the dangers of Cliffside and why the plant is not needed, visit www.StopCliffside.org