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Duke Energy utilities implement new rates for SC customers

Duke Energy Progress LLC and Duke Energy Carolinas LLC on June 1 began implementing new rates for their customers in South Carolina, as approved May 21 by the state Public Service Commission.

Duke Energy Progress was granted average rate increases of 6.3% for its residential customers and 4.2% for its commercial and industrial customers. A typical residential customer using 1,000 kWh monthly would see an increase of about $8.06 to about $130.55 per month.

In April, Duke Energy Progress proposed a decrease in monthly fuel costs for its South Carolina customers. If approved by the commission, a typical residential customer would see a decrease of $1.95, starting July 1. Commercial customers would see an average decrease of about 2.1%, and industrial customers would see an average decrease of about 4.4%.

Duke Energy Carolinas was granted average rate increases of 3.7% for its residential customers and 1.6% for its commercial and industrial customers. A typical residential customer using 1,000 kWh monthly would see an increase of about $4.71 to $122.45 per month.

The Duke Energy Corp. utilities on May 31 filed petitions for rehearing or reconsideration by the Public Service Commission of portions of their rate cases, which are designed to recover costs for coal ash management, grid improvements, and capital investments in clean energy and baseload generation.

Duke Energy Progress serves about 169,000 customers in the northeastern part of South Carolina, including Darlington, Florence and Sumter counties. Duke Energy Carolinas serves about 591,000 customers in the western South Carolina, including Greenwood, Greenville, Spartanburg, Lancaster and York counties.