Here’s the message from the Western North Carolina Alliance, via the environmental advocacy group’s email newsletter:
Say NO to Progress Energy’s dirty rate hike
Higher energy bill?
Progress Energy wants to charge you MORE to pay for more coal, oil and natural gas.
On Tuesday, March 5, the Utilities Commission will be in Asheville listening to you and other members of the public on Progress Energy’s rate hikes.
Their plan to increase your rates as much as 11 percent will extend a lifeline to coal and gas in North Carolina – making us pay more for the pollution that makes us sick, pollutes our water and disrupts the climate.
The facts are on our side: Clean energy costs less in the long term and is better for our community.
We can’t afford to pay more for dirty energy.
But the Utilities Commission won’t get that message unless you, your friends and neighbors show up and tell them in person.
WHO: You and other concerned citizens, Progress Energy Customers, and small business owners
WHAT: Progress Energy rate hike hearing
WHEN: 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 5 (TONIGHT!)
WHERE: Buncombe County Courthouse, Courtroom #1 (in the basement), 60 Court Plaza, Asheville
QUESTIONS? Contact WNCA Community Organizer Anna Jane Joyner HERE.
Thanks for everything you do to protect the environment!
Also, check out our new video about how Asheville homeowners are already seeing the benefits of clean energy, featuring Green Opportunities, a local group working to lower people’s energy costs and improve their quality of life, and Sundance Power Systems, which has for more than 16 years been committed to providing renewable energy options to homes and businesses.