Dozens dress as ‘Monopoly’ characters to protest Duke Energy rate hike

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Dozens of protestors gathered in Raleigh at a Duke Energy hearing before the N.C. Utilities Commission Monday to protest a proposed energy rate hike.

The protestors used characters and money from the board game “Monopoly” to mock Duke Energy’s monopoly in North Carolina.

Duke claims the requested increase is small, about five percent over the next few years, costing the average customer about $8 dollars more a month.

Customers on fixed income say the increase would  still hurt.

“I save energy every way I can.  I try to keep my monthly bill as low as I can.  But, you know, I just can’t afford another rate increase here.  Neither can the poor people in this state,” said resident Marvin Woll.

The president of Duke Energy’s North Carolina operations told the North Carolina Utilities Commission that the company made mistakes in its original rate request, by asking to be reimbursed for thousands of frivolous items, like an executive country club membership.

The Utilities Commission decision on whether or not to allow the rate hike is expected in September.