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  • jgilchr Dec 4, 2012

    It will only get worse with McCrory being a Duke Energy lobbyist.

  • cadillacw28 Dec 3, 2012

    The biggest losers will be the employees!!! Already talking about budget cuts, before the rulings!

  • itlsss Dec 3, 2012

    Looks like the STATE utilities comm should be renamed the RALEIGH utilities comm. What difference should it make how many employees stay in Raleigh. CP&L got bought out, get over it Raleigh!

  • hpr641 Dec 3, 2012

    This is what happens when you let the GOP control government.

    Enjoy your mess North Carolina!

    ??? The Governor appoints the Commissioners onto the Utilities Commission. We've had a Democratic Governor for the last 20 years. Thus, of the 6 current Commissioners, 6 of them were appointed by Democrats. Though to your point, the GOP being seen as imminently taking over NC politics forced everyone's hand to get everything done on this before 1/5/13.

  • superman Dec 3, 2012

    Duke and Progress Energy will never see the day or time when people trust them again. That also includes the State Utilities Comm. You fooled us once but you wont fool us again. Very significat that Mr. Johnson is now in charge of the largest utility in the US. Guess he wasnt as bad as Duke made him out to be. The Utilities Comm is just a group of people who have been appointed so they can empty consumers pocket and get paid for it and keeping richer.

  • NeverSurrender Dec 3, 2012

    "Any other company comes to mind with zip significant increases for 21 years???"

    Docket E7, Sub 989 - approved rate increase of $309M ordered 27 Jan 2012.

    They didn't seem to have too much trouble getting it even with the docket filled with objections from just about everyone but the people who actually mattered in the decision.

  • samr Dec 3, 2012

    This is shocking.....that anyone would be surprised by this. Our regulatory bodies are a joke. The corporations know that all they have to do is throw money at the problem and they can walk away without no admission of wrongdoing.

  • NC_Beach_n_Mtn_guy Dec 3, 2012

    What a RIP OFF of the People of North Caroina!!!! The Utilites Commission should be replaced and the decision reversed!!!!

  • whatelseisnew Dec 3, 2012

    "Thank God we have huge corporate monopolies and the REPUBLICAN party to protect them! Just wait till Pat$ McCrory$ takes office, you know, the guy who works as a lobbyist for Duke Power and refuses to disclose his income taxes? Yeah, that guy. Whheeeeee!!!!!"

    Apparently it slipped your mind that Bev was and still is the Governnor. Besides there is NO bigger or Greedier CORPORATE monopoly located in NC than The State Government. Nor is there any monopoly that is more greedy in NC with the possible exception of Raleigh. Now the grand shining star of Greed and uncontrolled monopoly is the federal Government. I say eliminate ALL CORPORATIONS from this country other than Government. I am quite sure everyone will have the exact same amount of EVERYTHING once that is accomplished. If we got Government intrusion out of the way we would have cheaper electricity. Hmmm well maybe the greedy government will steal some money and give you a windmill.

  • SmokeWagon Dec 3, 2012

    LOL...did you ACTUALLY expect ANYTHING else..??????..$$$CASH$$$ Money + politicians with their hands out + big corporations with their $$MULTI$$ $$MILLION$$ $$DOLLAR$$ $$LOBBIEST$$...WHAT ELSE DID YOU EXPECT.....????????????? LOL@dasheep....!!!!!!!!

  • kindness4 Dec 3, 2012

    Folks, I share your frustration about another bill getting higher out of my stagnant salary...but in looking at the facts, I believe Duke Energy to be a good stewart, and one we should be proud to claim as a North Carolina company.

    Now I might be wrong but the last significant increase was back in 1991, and after that we shared in a decrease in 2008.

    In Docket No. E-7, Sub 487, a 1991 rate case, Duke requested a revenue increase of approximately $222.6 million dollars or 9.22%. The Commission approved an increase of approximately $100.1 million or 4.1%.

    In Docket No. E-7, Sub 828, following the 2006 merger of Duke Energy and Cinergy Corp. and the expiration of the rate freeze under the Clean Smokestacks Act, Duke was ordered to file a rate case in 2007. The Commission approved a settlement providing for a revenue reduction of approximately $286.9 million effective 1/1/2008.

    Any other company comes to mind with zip significant increases for 21 years???

  • arfamr1007 Dec 3, 2012

    wonderful...sold out by the liberals in the state government again in return for more entitlement money for the leaches. amazing.

  • storchheim Dec 3, 2012

    "(the settlement) requires that Duke's shareholders bear the cost of the investigation and all severance costs associated with the departure of Johnson and other top Progress executives, officials said.

    Duke also must come up with another $30 million for ratepayers and low-income assistance."

    Those evil rich get all the breaks. They object to this joke of a merger, pay for the dirt done during the merger over which they had no influence, and ThePoor get something out of it for doing nothing.

  • Scubagirl Dec 3, 2012

    OH yea, and WHEN can I expect to see part of the 'savings' they have agreed to pass on to the customers? In my dreams perhaps?

  • Scubagirl Dec 3, 2012

    disappointing to say the least. I had HOPED that more information at least would have come out of this. I also had a small hope that due to the less than honest way that Duke handled this whole merger that it would have been rescinded or at least DE fined in a huge way and ALL info made public. After all they ARE a public company.

  • southerntalent Dec 3, 2012

    Someone has started in the past week trimming trees for the utility co off new hope rd in raleigh

  • superman Dec 3, 2012

    Rest assured that Roy Cooper is not going to help anyone other than his family and friends. Remember the charges the AG's office just dropped of the guy who crossed the center line and had a head on collision and killed the driver. I like to know just why the AG took over the case from the local DA? I have no confidence in "good ole Roy".

  • Karmageddon Dec 3, 2012

    Under Obama the EPA has shut down half the cheap coal burning facilities in the country and the other half will soon follow. The power companies are being forced to build billion dollar facilities that pollute less. Their only options are to raise your power rates astronomically or merge and run their systems more economically. The rates still go up just not as's the price you're going to pay for "clean air"

  • Rebelyell55 Dec 3, 2012

    See they do have the citizens best interest at heart.. NOT

  • computer trainer Dec 3, 2012

    And which one of them has lined their pockets? AND which one will get the unbiased position on the board?

  • jgilchr Dec 3, 2012

    The NC Utilities Commission: A subsidiary of Duke Energy

  • NeverSurrender Dec 3, 2012

    "All we can hope for is for Roy Cooper's A.G.s office to step in and find some criminal offenses."

    Duke filing false if not fraudulent documentation with the Utilities Commission, perjury to the Utilities Commission in official proceedings...seems to me that would be more than sufficient for us peons to find ourselves nicked in the prisoner's dock and soon after the chokey.

    And I have no doubts that people at the Utilities Commission have been paid off to look the other way but I don't see Ol' Roy clapping them in irons anytime soon when Mike Easley and most his felons/cronies did far worse whilst in office and very few saw any time in jail at Club Fed.

  • NeverSurrender Dec 3, 2012

    This is all just a bunch of corporate PR garbage from the company and snuggles, the "regulator". Everyone screaming about getting government out of business, let's try this: how about getting industry insiders and big business out of government? Let "regulators" be real about enforcement and act like they've got a pair instead of coddling their industry friends for profit.


    You don't seriously expect those "serving" on the Utilities Commission to bite the hand that feeds it?

    One way to guarantee you never get a cushy job in the industry is to screw them when you're in a cushy job as their "regulator".

    The Utilities Commission is there to make the ignorant masses think the utilities are regulated. Anyone who gets a bill from them knows they're not regulated in practice...

  • Tarheel born Dec 3, 2012

    We are ALL going to screwed in this fiasco called "Progress" Energy and Duke "Power". It should read "Power in the name Progress" energy company. And to he!! with the customers.

    All we can hope for is for Roy Cooper's A.G.s office to step in and find some criminal offenses.

  • Scubagirl Dec 3, 2012

    I agree w/ Mr. Warren-called the settlement deal a sell-out by regulators

  • Rebelyell55 Dec 3, 2012

    The meger is a done deal, they'll not stop it, even if they should. The rates increase they gave before the merger will stay in place. The profit that the shareholder made off this, most living here in NC will end of paying more and lose that profit. Duke will continue to add to their profit margin, while not spending the money needed to maintain infrastructure. So service will be effected, which will effect their long term profit and again, they'll ask for a rate increase. This is what happens when regulators are controlled by the companies they're suppose to regulate. Look at the Fracking com., it's controlled by people with vested interest in seeing Fracking started ASAP, with least amount of regulation or control by the goverment.

  • jgilchr Dec 3, 2012

    In other words they are sweeping it all under the rug. Yet another example of how plutocracy and corporations rule. What a joke!

  • aspenstreet1717 Dec 3, 2012

    Settlement should be rescind the merger or open NC to competition.

  • lwe1967 Dec 3, 2012

    It should have stayed Carolina Power and Light. Why do we have the mergers coming from everywhere! Greed is the only thing and then to gauge the customers calling it progress.

  • Deacons Dec 3, 2012

    Why no see the investigation to the end? Do NOT settle it!!!!

  • Save It Dec 3, 2012

    This is all just a bunch of corporate PR garbage from the company and snuggles, the "regulator". Everyone screaming about getting government out of business, let's try this: how about getting industry insiders and big business out of government? Let "regulators" be real about enforcement and act like they've got a pair instead of coddling their industry friends for profit.

  • ladyblue Dec 3, 2012

    I want to know how it can be approved that the two merger in the first place. I thought when Ma Bell was forced to dissembled there would be no more monopoly. this sounds a lot like a monopoly to me

  • jcd241959 Dec 3, 2012

    We haven't seen nothin yet with energy companies!

  • dontstopnow Dec 3, 2012

    Tim, I agree. Why do we waste so much time watching and listening to all this garbage when every one of us knows this will be swept under the carpet, the current CEO will get millions to step down, they will hire a new CEO for an outrageous amount of money, the electric bills will go up to pay for it and the commission will continue to do nothing to help the customers! That is the entire story and all this coverage of it will not change a thing.

  • whatdowehavehere Dec 3, 2012

    And we're flipping the bill for this, in more ways than one. I think they should make them pay for all the cost that has come from this, but then again we know they would just raise their rates to cover and the customers would flip that bill as well and his pay would not change. He would still be making seven figures. You can't straiten out crooked no matter how hard you try.

  • pipcolt Dec 3, 2012

    Like always the consumer will come out on the losing end of each deal between big corp. and gov.. The winner will be the goverment official that makes the major decisions for the people that he was put into place to protect. You can count on that the decision maker has some vested interest into the corp. that will not be known to the people and will put funds into his pocket and take away from the consumers.

  • BernsteinIII Dec 3, 2012

    Just a token rebuke with a wink and a nudge, and everyone gets to keep their money. Hey, that's a great settlement!!!!

    Any investigation into the sweetheart pricing deals, (i.e. payoffs, kickbacks, fraud) for the large commercial customers so they would not object to the merger? Oh, and then raising residential rates to compensate?

    Hello? SBI? Attorney General? Anybody going to investigate and protect the average consumer?


    Oh, business as usual. More winks and nudges.

  • mfarmer1 Dec 3, 2012

    What A Mess.

  • TiminNCisBack Dec 3, 2012

    Pull out the big broom and lift the carpet, all the dirt is about to disappear!

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