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Duke Rate Hike Hearing

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Take Action Now! Don’t let Duke Energy increase your power rates to pay for their bad investment in coal.

Attend a Public Hearing in High Point, N.C. September 15th to show your opposition. RSVP here for the High Point Hearing.

URGE COMMISSIONERS TO DENY DUKE ENERGY’S RATE HIKE AND REVOKE PERMISSION FOR CLIFFSIDE:

Instead of a rate hike, Cliffside 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.

This rate hike would be the first of many if the company continues building coal and nuclear power plants. State regulatory rules reward Duke for building expensive plants and maximizing sales – even if customers’ power bills increase dramatically.

North Carolina law strictly prohibits construction of unneeded power plants. The Commission earlier allowed Duke to skirt the state’s "least cost" requirement, although Commissioner Robert Owens agreed with critics that Cliffside should not be built.

Multiple factors prove Cliffside is not needed:

  • Duke is trying to expand sales to entire cities outside its service area – and is appealing a Commission ruling against the expansion.
  • The top U.S. energy regulator now dismisses the need for new coal plants.
  • A Duke University economist, who says Duke Energy’s own data shows new plants can be avoided by modest increases in energy efficiency and with renewable power at levels already required in North Carolina.

Cliffside is hazardous to the public; to our pockets, to our health, and by fueling accelerating climate change, which the world’s top scientists call a global emergency.

Plans for 100 coal-fired plants have been shelved since 2006 in response to climate change, rising energy prices, and the ravages of mountaintop coal mining.

The Utilities Commission must stop allowing Duke to waste customers’ money while risking an environmental health tragedy. North Carolina wants to be part of the national surge toward energy efficiency and clean power that is creating thousands of jobs in other states.