Attorney General Josh Stein: North Carolinians Should Not Pay for Duke Energy’s Mistakes

RALEIGH,NC (January 16, 2018)…Attorney General Josh Stein today urged the North Carolina Utilities Commission to prioritize ratepayers’ wallets over Duke Energy’s.

Below is Attorney General Josh Stein’s statement on the rate case:

“Duke Energy has known that coal ash was going to be an issue since at least the 1990’s, but the company didn’t deal with it. Now that it’s more expensive for Duke to clean up its coal ash mess, it wants North Carolinians to pay the price. That’s wrong, and that’s why I oppose Duke’s request to dramatically hike up our power bills.”

Duke Energy requested a rate hike of 16.7 percent last year.  The change would increase the typical residential bill $17.80 a month.