Friday, September 11, 2009

No one's happy about Duke's proposed rate hike

Posted By on Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 12:45 PM

The anger isn't just about the rate hike, though. It's also aimed at the new Cliffside plant, which is being erected a few dozen miles from Charlotte.

Charlottean Betty Robinson, 87, has: “I'm mad as hell,” she told the commission.

The rate increases would increase her costs by $100 a year, she said, despite her efforts to use energy efficiently. “Just let me tell you something loud and clear: We don't want that power plant to be built at all,” she said.

Critics say dropping demand, and growing attention to energy efficiency, make new coal-fired and nuclear power plants unnecessary. Duke's Carolinas electricity sales dropped nearly 2 percent from 2007 to 2008, and company forecasts predict slowing growth in retail sales over the next 20 years.

“We recognize this is a challenging time to ask customers to pay more,” Tim Gause, Duke's regional director of government relations, told the commission. “Duke Energy is certainly not immune either. In fact, we are in a pretty tough spot.”

Read the entire article at Charlotte.com.

Ms. Robinson isn't the only one who's mad as hell. From this April's Uptown protest:

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