Skip to comments.Power of the people? Hundreds voice opposition to rate hike (17%-Duke Energy & environmental rules)
Posted on 10/29/2011 6:02:15 AM PDT by Libloather
Power of the people? Hundreds voice opposition to rate hike
By: Mike Conley
Published: October 26, 2011
Hundreds of people packed the main courtroom at the McDowell County Courthouse to capacity Tuesday evening to show their strong opposition to Duke Energys request for another rate hike.
Donna Edwards of Marion was one of those who testified to the N.C. Utilities Commission.
I dont represent anybody except myself, she said in her testimony. Were making choices in my house about whether or not to buy medications or pay the power bill. I am all for Duke Power making money. That is what they are there for. But not at the cost of everyday people.
The vast majority of the people who spoke Tuesday evening before the state Utilities Commission voiced their vehement opposition to the proposed rate hike, which could be 17.4 percent for residential customers and between 12.8 and 14.7 percent for business and industrial customers.
In a news release, Duke Energy stated that approximately three-fourths of the request is driven by capital investments the company made in the Carolinas electric system over the past two years to modernize the system and comply with environmental rules. The company also stated it needs the rate increase for the day-to-day costs of running business.
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Utilities have access to the cheapest natural gas in a decade.
“Utilities have access to the cheapest natural gas in a decade.”
And the most expensive set of environmental regulations and mandates from the Federal, State and local governments ever.
Burning coal produces 45% of electricity while natural gas produces 24%. So cheap gas only goes so far, especially when someone is trying to kill the use of coal in power plants. Hard to use natural gas in a coal powered plant.
It doesn’t matter what you burn or use to generate electricity, whether it be coal, gas, hydro, or atoms, obama’s goal is to completely choke off the energy supply and bring it under the control of his government. Destroy the means of production so you can mold it to suit his purposes is the name of the game. Obama is a hardcore communist first, a muslim second. One you frame that perspective, the better you understand what he’s up to, and develop a plan to stop it.
Duke Power is only complying with the EPA's ridiculous environmental orders. They really aren't the ones to blame.
I wonder how many of the complainers voted for O’JackUpYourElectricityRates?
Mitch Daniels is quoted as telling Duke that "Of course, Green is costly" ~ which it is.
The folks OPPOSING DUKE on the rates, which will have to be increased to pay for the GREEN ENERGY technology are the same people on the left who are demanding Duke and others use that technology.
This is all Obama's fault. His peeps want Green but they refuse to pay for it.