To the Editor:
Duke Energy has applied to the N.C. Utilities Commission for yet another rate increase in an attempt to force ratepayers to finance the cost over-runs of their ongoing construction on the new, un-needed coal-burning power plant at Cliffside in Rutherford County. This time Duke is asking for a residential rate increase of 17.4 percent on top of the 5 percent it just received for the increasing cost of fossil fuels. The cost of street lighting for local governments (and taxpayers) will rise another 8 percent if Duke’s request is granted.
This rate increase has the potential to cripple already struggling families, businesses and industries throughout our state, causing more mortgage foreclosures, business failures and job losses.
Isn’t it time we all stepped up to the plate to say “No?”
We will have the opportunity. The Utilities Commission is holding two public hearings in Western North Carolina on Duke Energy’s rate-hike request: in Marion, on Oct. 25 and in Franklin on Oct. 26. The undersigned organizations strongly urge you to attend one of these hearings to tell Duke Energy and the Utilities Commission how you feel about this matter.
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Executive Director, The Canary Coalition
Active Students for a Healthy Environment
Executive Director, Clean Air Carolina
Field Organizer, Greenpeace USA,
Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance
Chair, Mountain Voices Alliance
NC Interfaith Power & Light
People Advocating Real Conservancy
Chair, Tuckaseegee Community Alliance