See how much your bill would increase if Duke Energy's proposed fee hike is approved. Read on to find out more and how you can help stop the fee hike!
Chris Carnevale | February 26, 2019 | Energy Policy, South Carolina Duke Energy is proposing to triple the hidden, mandatory monthly fee for its South Carolina customers, going from the current $8-9 per month all the way up to $28-29 per month. That means Duke’s SC customers would owe at least $336 per year before even flipping on the light switch! This would be the highest mandatory monthly fee of any investor-owned utility in the nation!
Since the fee hike would take away customers’ ability to lower their bills through saving energy, it would disproportionately harm low-usage customers, including seniors, low-income families, and families who use solar or energy efficiency.
So how much would YOUR bill go up under Duke’s proposal? Check out the chart and table below to see how much your bill would increase if Duke gets their fee hike approved.
You need to know that Duke’s proposal isn’t a done deal yet. Before going into effect, the proposal must be approved by the SC Public Service Commission (PSC), which means that
The PSC has scheduled five public hearings to hear from customers like you, so it can be defeated if we speak up loudly in opposition! make sure to show up and raise your voice! See here for ideas on what you might want to talk about in your comments.
Here are the hearing details:
Spartanburg Hearing Tuesday, March 12 6:00 pm Spartanburg County Council Chambers, Spartanburg County Administration Building 366 N Church Street, Main Level, Suite 1000, Spartanburg, SC 29303 Share the Facebook event page here Anderson Hearing Wednesday, March 13 6:00 pm Anderson County Council Chambers 101 S Main Street, Anderson, SC 29624 Share the Facebook event page here Greenville Hearing Thursday, March 14 6:00 pm Greenville County Council Chambers 301 University Ridge, Suite 2400, Greenville, SC 29601 Share the Facebook event page here Florence Hearing Monday, April 1, 2019 6:00 pm Florence County Council Chambers 180 N. Irby Street, MSC-G Florence, SC 29501 Share the Facebook event page here Sumter Hearing Tuesday, April 2, 2019 6:00 pm USC Sumter – Nettles Auditorium 200 Miller Road Sumter, SC 29150 Share the Facebook event page here
If you can’t attend your local hearing, make sure to write a letter to the PSC, which you can do easily
with the form here. How Much Would Your Bill Increase If Duke’s Fee Hike Is Approved?
The chart and table below show how much the bills of Upstate Duke residents (customers of Duke Energy Carolinas–Duke’s Upstate electricity provider) would increase if Duke’s fee hike is approved, however Pee Dee residents (customers of Duke Energy Progress–Duke’s Pee Dee electricity provider) would have similar impacts.
The table below shows how much your monthly bill would increase if Duke Energy’s proposed fee hike is approved. For example, customers who currently pay $55/month would end up paying about $72.46/month, customers who currently pay $75/month would end up paying about $91.32/month, and customers who currently pay $95/month would end up paying about $110.18/month.