One of the least popular legacies of the Progress-Duke merger is in limbo.
Two weeks ago, North Carolina regulators rejected a price break for industrial customers in approving a 7.5 percent rate increase for Duke Energy Progress, the Raleigh utility with 1.3 million customers statewide.
On Monday, the N.C. Utilities Commission killed a similar break requested by Duke Energy in rate case that is now pending.
The price breaks would have essentially exempted manufacturing, chemical and other industrial power users from a rate increase. Progress and Duke both said a special exception should be made for industrial power users to buoy the state's economic base.