WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Utilities regulators are holding hearings across central and western North Carolina to let consumers share their thoughts about plans by Duke Energy Corp. to raise electricity rates by $235 million a year.
The North Carolina Utilities Commission is in Winston-Salem on Wednesday for a public hearing on the utility's request to collect an extra $205 million in the first two years, and $235 million a year after that. That's less than half what the company originally requested regulators to approve.
Duke Energy Carolinas struck a deal with North Carolina's official consumer advocate that would let it raise rates by about 5 percent in its service area.
More hearings will be followed by a utilities commission hearing on July 8 on whether to accept the settlement.