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Opponents, Supporters Of Proposed Duke Energy Rate Hike Speak Out

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Opponents and supporters of a proposed Duke Energy rate increase spoke out at a meeting Opponents and supporters of a proposed Duke Energy rate increase spoke out at a meeting
Spartanburg, SC -

Opponents and supporters of a proposed Duke Energy rate increase spoke out at a meeting held by the state Public Service Commission Thursday night at Spartanburg Community College.

The meeting was the first of four scheduled across the state, and it did not take long for people opposed to the proposed 15.1 percent rate hike to voice their displeasure.

"This commission needs to finally take a stand and say enough is enough," Spartanburg resident David Niven told those in attendance. "Use your profits! Sell your stocks! Don't give such high bonuses!"

Niven was one of about 50 people who attended the meeting. Most of those who spoke out were in opposition to the proposal, which would increase residential customer bills by 16.3 percent and commercial bills by 14.4 percent. A average customer would likely see their bill increase by $17.83 per month.

However, Duke Energy says the rate hike is a necessity so they can replace older facilities and maintain costs for building power plants. A decision about the rate hike is expected in September.

There will be two more meetings next week in the upstate. One will be held on June 24 at 6 p.m. in Greenville County Council chambers at 301 University Ridge. Another will be held on June 27 at 6 p.m. at the Anderson Civic Center, located at 3027 MLK Jr. Boulevard in Anderson.  

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