Duke Energy seeks 6% rate increase in western NC
RALEIGH — About 2 million Duke Energy customers in central and western North Carolina would face an average 6% rate increase if state regulators approve the electric utility’s request.
Duke Energy said Monday it needs another $290 million a year to recoup spending on grid upgrades, coal-ash cleanup and storm repairs and to increase its potential profit margin to 10.3%.
The company also proposes recouping money faster for three coal-burning power plants, potentially leading to earlier closings.
The proposal would add about $8.06 per month to the typical residential customer’s bill.
A rate increase that took effect last year was expected to increase residential rates by 1.2% over four years.
The Duke Energy subsidiary serving eastern North Carolina is expected to file a new rate request within a month.
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