Duke Energy's customers will see a rate increase of about $5 a month next month as the power company passes on the cost of coal and other fuels used to make electricity.
The N.C. Utilities Commission approved the fuel adjustment yesterday and posted its order online this morning. The increase will raise a typical monthly bill to about $97, as reported by our sister paper, The Charlotte Obsever.
The fuel costs will add about $4.50 to the monthly bill of a household that uses 1,000 kilowatt hours of power.
Additionally, Duke is seeking to add 47 cents a month to residential bills to cover the costs of renewables and efficiency programs. The utilities commission is expected to rule on that request soon.
Duke has 1.8 million customers in the state, including 170,000 in Durham, Chapel Hill and other parts of the western Triangle.
Duke customers can expect steeper cost increases in the future. Duke recently asked the commission for a 15 percent rate hike to cover the costs of new power plants, transmission lines and other operating costs.