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State utility commission will hear Wilmington-area public comment on Duke rate hike tonight

Duke Energy Progress, which serves large portions of North Carolina, is requesting the state's utility commission to approve a significant rate hike. (Port City Daily photo / COURTESY DUKE PROGRESS)
Duke Energy Progress, which serves large portions of North Carolina, is requesting the state’s utility commission to approve a significant rate hike. (Port City Daily photo / COURTESY DUKE PROGRESS)

WILMINGTON — The North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) is holding a public meeting tonight to hear comments on the rate increase requested by Duke Energy Progress.

The utility company is asking for a 16.7 percent increase for residential customers, and a variety of increases on industrial and commercial customers averaging about 13 percent. According to Duke, the increase would cost the average customer about $18 a month.

According to the NCUC, the utility company hopes to raise another $477 in revenue to help pay for coal ash clean up at facilities like the Sutton coal-powered plant. Additional funding would also go to investment in so-called “clean energy” projects (including solar and natural gas power plants), and infrastructure repairs in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

The meeting is tonight at the New Hanover County Courthouse at 7 p.m. It is one of several meetings being held in advance of the NCUC Nov. 20 hearing on the issue.

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