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Customers speak about Duke Energy rate increase

Posted September 10, 2009

— Duke Energy customers voiced their concerns on Thursday night about a planned 13.5 percent rate increase.

Under the plan, people with an average monthly bill of $100 a month would go up about $18.

Duke Energy says their rates are approximately 31 percent below the national average and approximately 24 percent below the average in this region.

Officials said this is the first general rate increase since 1991. However earlier this year, Duke Energy did tack on an additional 4.5 percent to help offset rising fuel costs.

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  • The Fox Sep 11, 12:04 p.m.

    The price of uranium has risen substantially in recent years.

  • kindness4 Sep 11, 11:40 a.m.

    I could be wrong about the facts....but the fuel cost adjustment was mainly for coal and not gasoline. The actual requested increase this time around is for 13.5 % and not for 18%. Sources quoting the 18% are adding the fuel adjust of 4.5 % to the 13.5%. Is this just to "fuel" the outrage?
    Am I in favor of an increase? Of course not! Who wants to pay extra for anything these days. But I do feel that Duke's track-record since 1991 is impressive and asking for an increase is not an out of the question request.

  • NCStatePack Sep 11, 11:01 a.m.

    LOL @ the math department

  • Smokin Sep 11, 11:00 a.m.

    Rising fuel costs? Gasoline is a dollar a gallon lower than last year at this time. This is rising???????

  • scarletindurham Sep 11, 9:39 a.m.

    ohmygosh.. my thoughts exactly. Duke Energy, shame on you!!!!

  • ohmygosh Sep 11, 8:34 a.m.

    $18 is 18 percent not 13 percent.