From WNCN, RALEIGH, N.C. -
"On March 18, the North Carolina Utilities Commission will make a decision that will affect 1.3 million Progress Energy customers.
The company is proposing a reduced rate hike of 5.7 percent over the next two years and that is not sitting well with some customers.
At a public hearing tonight, Progress Energy customers from all over the state testified for and against the proposed rate hike. Before the hearing opponents from the AARP, Green Peace, and NC Warn amongst others, said if Progress invested more in clean energy, they wouldn't need to charge customers more in the first place.
Jeff Brooks is a spokesperson for Progress Energy Carolinas and said in response to critics, 'We absolutely believe energy efficiency is important part of the equation. We have to invest in it, and we are. We launched more than a dozen new programs since 2009 that have helped our customers save enough power to take in an entire town off the utility grid...'"
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