Public meeting held over Duke Energy’s proposal to raise rates

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SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – Duke Energy customers have the chance to voice their concerns about a proposed rate hike, Tuesday night.

The company is hosting the first of three public meetings to discuss plans to raise rates for homeowners by around 12% and businesses would increase by about nine percent.

The is being held at Spartanburg County Council Chambers on North Church Street at 6:00pm.

Duke Energy serves nearly 590,000 customers in the Palmetto State.

Last November, the company anticipated a rate hike because of two hurricanes and a winter storm in 2018 that damaged parts of their system.

Duke’s annual report shows that the company made $2.7 billion in 2018.

The meeting will let the commission know what people think.

“With everything‘s up to the public service commission this is part of their process so what they’re receiving tonight is actually testimony from customers and that’s gonna be entered into the record and that’s part of the decision making process.” said Duke Energy spokesperson Ryan Mosier. “Ultimately, it’s up to the commission to decide what charges and rates will be charged for the power and this is a very important process.”

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 6:00pm at the Anderson County Council Chambers in Anderson while the third meeting is Thursday in Greenville at 6 pm at the Greenville County Council Chambers.

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