- Jan 28, 2020 5:00 am GMT
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Duke Energy has agreed to cleanup 80 million tons of coal ash from unlined basins in North Carolina. The work will be cost $8 billion to $9 billion and take 10-15 years to complete. The utility plans to share these costs with customers by increasing rates. But consumers don’t agree that cleanup is part of services rendered or that the costs should be shared. A public hearing on Duke Energy Carolinas’ rate hike request will be held this Wednesday but the commission will release their decision after an “evidentiary hearing” March 23. Will previous coal ash violations leave the utility holding the bill or will a $97 a year rate increase for customers be upheld?