Stephanie Carrol Carson, Public News Service
RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina utilities want to raise rates again, and people in the state’s faith community are speaking up at public hearings and at services to keep rates affordable and encourage the use of renewable energies.
The Duke-Progress merger and anticipated rate hikes have some residents concerned about that impact the change will have on their energy bills and on the environment.
Reverend Stephen Halsted of Community United Church of Christ in Raleigh declared that the new Duke Energy should be initiating change.
“The energy utilities need to be leading us in the proper direction to be more responsible in the use of our resources, and they’re just doing more of the same that they’ve always done,” he asserted.
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