NC Utilities Commission http://wfae.org en NC Utilities And Solar Developers Argue Over Price http://wfae.org/post/nc-utilities-and-solar-developers-argue-over-price <p>Electric utilities and renewable energy developers are facing off this week in front of the North Carolina utilities commission over the price of renewable energy, and how much companies like Duke Energy should have to pay for it. The dispute has drawn in both national environmental organizations and Google.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:57:14 +0000 Ben Bradford 54414 at http://wfae.org New Solar Projects Fall, Set To Rise, Probably Dip Again http://wfae.org/post/new-solar-projects-fall-set-rise-probably-dip-again <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">North Carolina fell a bit in the most recent rankings of solar energy production across the nation but despite the dip, the solar landscape still looks strong, at least this year.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:09:27 +0000 Ben Bradford 52907 at http://wfae.org New Solar Projects Fall, Set To Rise, Probably Dip Again Utilities Commission Mulls Rate Dip To Offset Consumer Tax Hike http://wfae.org/post/utilities-commission-mulls-rate-dip-offset-consumer-tax-hike <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A utility sales tax hike in North Carolina is set to take effect in July.&nbsp; That means your bill will go up.&nbsp; But first the utilities commission must decide whether to help offset that increase by decreasing rates.&nbsp; The state’s consumer advocate wants the commission to do that because taxes are going down for Duke Energy.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:56:22 +0000 Lisa Miller 42072 at http://wfae.org Utilities Commission Mulls Rate Dip To Offset Consumer Tax Hike Is Duke Rate Hike Settlement A Deal Or A Dupe? http://wfae.org/post/duke-rate-hike-settlement-deal-or-dupe <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Duke Energy has struck a deal with the state's top utility customer advocate that, on the surface, seems like a pretty good deal for ratepayers. But some advocacy groups wonder if we're being played.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A pattern is emerging: Two years in a row, Duke Energy has come in asking for a big rate hike - 9.7 percent in this latest case - only to turn around a few months later and settle for an increase </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">half </em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">as big.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 21:02:16 +0000 Julie Rose 29335 at http://wfae.org Is Duke Rate Hike Settlement A Deal Or A Dupe? Court Orders Regulators To Reconsider Duke Rate Hike http://wfae.org/post/court-orders-regulators-reconsider-duke-rate-hike <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The North Carolina Supreme Court <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfae/files/201304/Duke%20Energy%20Decision%20S%20Ct%204%2012%202013.pdf" target="_blank">has ordered state utility regulators to go back and reconsider the rate hike it granted Duke Energy last year.&nbsp; </a>Specifically, the court says North Carolina Utilities Commissioners failed to consider how the increase would affect customers in the midst of an economic downturn.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 20:36:57 +0000 Julie Rose 25196 at http://wfae.org Court Orders Regulators To Reconsider Duke Rate Hike Duke's 2012 Earnings Bolstered By Higher Rates http://wfae.org/post/dukes-2012-earnings-bolstered-higher-rates <p></p><p>Duke Energy reported modest earnings for 2012 of about $3 per share – but the number would have been much lower if Duke hadn't raised electric rates in the Carolinas by 7 percent last year. WFAE's Julie Rose reports on this classic case of conflicting interests – where pain for ratepayers means profit for investors:</p><p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 21:49:21 +0000 Julie Rose 21370 at http://wfae.org Duke's 2012 Earnings Bolstered By Higher Rates McCrory Could Re-shape NC Utilities Regulation http://wfae.org/post/mccrory-could-re-shape-nc-utilities-regulation <p>Governor Pat McCrory has been busy in recent weeks filling his cabinet and top staff positions. And in at least three cases he's appointed former colleagues from his 28 years working at Duke Energy. That's led some to worry McCrory will follow the same pattern when he turns his attention to four impending vacancies at the North Carolina Utilities Commission, which is Duke Energy's primary regulator in the state. WFAE's Julie Rose takes a look now at this regulatory body McCrory has the opportunity to radically reshape.</p><p><em>CORRECTION APPENDED</em></p><p></p><p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:02:01 +0000 Julie Rose 19153 at http://wfae.org McCrory Could Re-shape NC Utilities Regulation Duke Shuffles Executives http://wfae.org/post/duke-shuffles-executives <p></p><p>Another Progress Energy executive is out at Duke Energy in the latest personnel shuffle of the merged companies.&nbsp; A Duke Energy spokesman says changes required in a settlement with North Carolina utility regulators sparked a "domino effect." &nbsp;</p><p>Seven top executives are shifting titles and roles in what resembles a game of musical chairs.</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 22:02:37 +0000 Julie Rose 17916 at http://wfae.org Duke Shuffles Executives Duke CEO To Retire In Settlement With Regulators http://wfae.org/post/duke-ceo-retire-settlement-regulators <p></p><p>Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers will step down sometime next year as part of a settlement announced late yesterday that would resolve an investigation of the company's merger with Progress Energy. Angry North Carolina utility regulators launched the investigation when Duke's &nbsp;board abruptly fired the man they'd promised would lead the merged company - Progress CEO Bill Johnson.</p><p>WFAE's Julie Rose joined Morning Edition Host Duncan McFadyen to sort through the settlement.</p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 12:49:04 +0000 Julie Rose 16776 at http://wfae.org Duke CEO To Retire In Settlement With Regulators