PETITION TO INTERVENE FILED BY DUKE’s RATE PAYORS
WHO LIVE NEAR DUKE ENERGY’S COAL ASH IMPOUNDMENTS
August 23, 2017 – Amy Brown of Belmont and Deborah Graham of Salisbury, along with others in their neighborhoods near Duke power plants, filed a petition to intervene in the rate hike application that Duke Energy Carolinas LLC has given notice that it will file before the North Carolina Utilities Commission. Geneva Shade of Arden and Timothy Barwick of Roxboro, along with other of their neighbors, filed a petition to intervene in the rate hike proceeding filed by Duke Energy Progress, LLC. These customers received their electricity directly from Duke Energy, and pay their bills directly to Duke. Also, they live within one-half mile of the Duke coal ash boundaries and have been directly affected by coal ash contamination.
In the Duke Energy Progress rate hike request, Duke states that $66 million of the requested $477.5 million rate increase is intended to recover ash basin closure compliance costs incurred since January 1, 2015. In addition, Duke Energy Progress requests to recover $129 million toward ongoing ash basin closure compliance costs, with any difference from the requested amount to be deferred until a future base rate case. The details of Duke Energy Carolina’s request should be filed by August 25th.
These rate paying neighbors believe that they have a direct stake in the issues presented by the application as they are currently bearing the burdens of property damages and loss of property value, stigma and the nuisance of not having access to clean tap water, which is now combined with the prospect of an additional burden of increased electricity rates as a result of Duke coal ash costs. Duke is the nation’s largest public utility.
Deborah Graham, who lives near Duke’s Buck Plant, echoes the concerns expressed by rate payers who live near the other plants: “After having to live off of bottled water for more than 800 days as a result of Duke’s failure to responsibly manage its coal ash waste, it would add insult to injury to have to pay more every month in my electric bill so that Duke can continue to earn a profit after decades of waste mismanagement.”
The families are represented by:
• WALLACE & GRAHAM, P.A. — Mona Lisa Wallace, John Hughes, Marlowe Rary, 525 N. Main St., Salisbury, NC 28144, (704) 633-5244.
• LAW OFFICE OF F. BRYAN BRICE, JR. — F. Bryan Brice, Jr., Catherine Cralle Jones, 127 W. Hargett Street, Suite 600, Raleigh, NC 27601, (919) 754-1600.
• BARON & BUDD, P.C.– Cary L. McDougal, 3102 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite 1100, Dallas, Texas 75219, (214) 521-3605.