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Large Crowd Gathers Over Proposed Duke Energy Rate Hike

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You can have your say about a plan to charge you more for electricity. You can have your say about a plan to charge you more for electricity.
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. -

About 150 people showed up to Greenville County Council Chambers Monday night for a Public Service Commission meeting.

The Public Service Commission held a public hearing on a proposed Duke Energy Rate increase.

One of the people at the meeting was Butch Taylor who told us he's already struggling to get by.  

"I'm living from hand to mouth almost and I've been running a service station for 40 years," Taylor said.

And Taylor is not alone.

"I am way over 70 years old and I'm still working, and I probably have to work til I die," Duke Energy customer Bob Davis said.

Which is why Taylor and Davis showed up to the public hearing to protest the Duke Energy proposed 16% percent rate hike for residential customers.

But Duke Energy tells us it needs the extra revenue to modernize its equipment as well as build new and upgraded power plants.  

There's going to be customers that have serious issues with this proposal and that's why they are here tonight, we want to do everything we can to mitigate this rate increase for the customers," Duke Energy Spokesperson, Ryan Mosier said.

But Mosier stands behind the proposal.  

"This proposal for all rate classes is fair and indicative of all of the expenses we've invested in our system over the last few years," Mosier said.

Last year Duke requested a nearly 17% rate increase but the Public Service Commission approved only a 6% increase.

The Public Service Commission will start deliberations July 31st. Then they have until September to make a final decision on the rate increases. 

The next public hearing in the upstate is June 27th at 6 P.M. at the Anderson Civic Center.

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