Duke Energy requests approval to raise bills

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Duke Energy is requesting the permission of the N.C. Utilities Commission to increase the typical residential bill by $2.86 a month, in order to help pay for its energy-efficient programs, the Winston-Salem Journal reports.

The company said the energy-efficient request is tied to its Save-a-Watt pilot program, which ends in December. The rates will also include amounts for the company’s proposed energy efficiency programs and cost recovery mechanism that will go into effect Jan. 1.

The separate part of customer bills for fuel costs will remain unchanged, according to the report.

Duke will make a separate filing next week regarding the portion of customer rates that pays for renewable energy investments required to comply with state law.

Read more at the Winston-Salem Journal

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