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Duke Energy: Renewable Energy Mandates Keeping Rates Higher


This press release from Duke Energy delivers some good news to NC households – rates are going down. But thanks to the renewable energy portfolio standards (REPS), however, rates will be higher than they would have been otherwise.  

Duke Energy Progress customers in North Carolina will see a decrease in overall rates effective Dec. 1, 2015. The lower rates reflect annual adjustments to charges for fuel, compliance with the state's renewable energy portfolio standard (REPS) and a new Joint Agency Asset Rider as approved by the N.C. Utilities Commission (NCUC).

Delivering fuel charge savings

Total fuel costs projected for the upcoming year are declining due to a drop in commodity prices. In addition, a decrease in the prior period true up served to further lower the fuel charge.


Duke Energy Progress filed for an increase in the charge to customers for the utility's compliance with the state's renewable energy portfolio standard. As approved, the REPS charge will increase $0.34 per month for residential customers,$0.55 per month for commercial customers and $36.30 per month for industrial customers.

The increase to the REPS charge reflects increases in actual and projected compliance costs driven by the increase in the utility's overall compliance obligation. The REPS requirement increases from 3 percent of North Carolina retail sales in 2014 to 6 percent of North Carolina retail sales for years 2015-2017, with additional step ups effective in 2018 and 2021. (emphasis added)

The bottom line: your electric bill will be higher thanks to state government mandates requiring utilities to use "renewable" energy.

One Comment on this post

  • AndyW. says:
    Dec 03 at 08:29

    PHOOEY on this REPS garbage!!! When renewable sources can compete (if ever) with fossil and nuclear sources without government mandates or subsidies, utilities like Duke Energy will gladly use them to supply electricity. Until then, the STATE has NO BUSINESS propping up inefficient, hit-and miss, and expensive technologies. REPEAL REPS ASAP.

    There is NO shortage of coal and natgas, and there will never be one. Basic economics says they will simply get more expensive over time, and will gradually be replaced by other, less expensive sources.

    And there is dang-sure NO "carbon problem" that actually matters with these fuels… unless you are a head-in-the-sand, science-denying DEMOCRAT. With the COP21 climate conference in Paris, the UN officially gave up the pretense that "global climate change" is about ANYTHING except creating a "new world economic order" where developed countries hand over boatloads of money to poorer countries. NO THANKS!!!

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