An overflow crowd - irate at Duke Energy's proposed 15 percent rate hike for North Carolina customers - filled a Charlotte hearing Tuesday night before the N.C. Utilities Commission.
More than 40 speakers took the microphone at the four-hour hearing, most of them attacking the proposal on one of two fronts.
Some protested the impact of higher rates on customers already suffering in a troubled economy. Others insisted Duke needs more revenue for the wrong reasons: to continue burning fossil fuels and investing in nuclear power, instead of moving toward renewable energy. ...
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