Robert Gruber http://wfae.org en 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? 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 Settlement Restores 'Merger Of Equals' http://wfae.org/post/duke-settlement-restores-merger-equals <p></p><p>When North Carolina utility regulators meet Monday at 10 a.m., they're expected to approve a settlement that resolves their investigation into the sudden firing of Progress CEO Bill Johnson shortly after the company merged with Duke.</p><p>The settlement calls for Duke CEO Jim Rogers to resign by the end of next year. Critics say the utilities commission is wasting time on personality clashes and power struggles surrounding Duke's leadership switch at the expense of more substantive aspects of the merger that might impact customers.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 14:30:09 +0000 Julie Rose 16842 at http://wfae.org Duke Settlement Restores 'Merger Of Equals'