Duke Energy asked state regulators this morning for approval to raise its N.C. electrical rates by 15 percent, including a 17 percent hike for residential customers, likely effective in February, reports Bruce Henderson of the Charlotte Observer.
The hike would add $19 a month to a typical residential bill. Commercial and industrial rates would go up 14 percent.
The rate request is the second of three Duke plans to seek in North Carolina to recover construction and environmental-related costs. In 2009, it won approval to raise overall rates 8 percent over two years, including a 7.5 percent increase for residential customers.
It's likely to seek another increase in 2012.
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