Duke Energy Carolinas reaches agreement on request to increase rates in South
GREENVILLE, S.C., July 23, 2013
GREENVILLE, S.C., July 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Duke Energy Carolinas, a
subsidiary of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), has reached an agreement with the
Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS), Wal-Mart, the S.C. Energy Users
Committeeand the S.C. Small Business Chamber of Commerce concerning the
utility's request to raise base rates in South Carolina.
The settlement includes a significant reduction in the rate increase to
customers, while providing a fair return for the company's investors.
Duke Energy originally requested an average increase in retail revenues of
15.1 percent, or about $220 million. Under the terms of the settlement, the
increase to the company's annualized revenue is reduced to about $80.4 million
in the first year, with customer rates increasing an additional $38.2 million
(for a cumulative increase of about $118.6 million) beginning in the second
During the first year, the average increase will be about 5.53 percent. After
that, rates will increase by an additional 2.63 percent for a total average
increase of about 8.16 percent.
Under the terms of the settlement, the company agrees it will not request to
implement another base rate increase prior to September 2015, absent
situations such as incurring costs for new generation or except where
necessary due to unforeseen extraordinary economic or financial conditions.
Under the settlement, the monthly bill for a typical residential customer
using 1,000 kilowatt-hours a month in the first year would be $107.97, or an
increase of $7.52 (7.5 percent). In the second year, it would be $110.76, or
an increase of $2.79 (2.6 percent).
To ease the impact of the rate increase, the company has agreed to one-time
contributions from shareholders of $1 million to be used under the direction
of the ORS to support public education initiatives and senior outreach.
Duke Energy will also provide $2.5 million to fund Share the Warmth and other
public assistance programs for low-income customers, as well as manufacturing
competitiveness grants, economic development and/or education/workforce
The settlement agreement is subject to review and approval by the Public
Service Commission of South Carolina (PSCSC).
"We believe the settlement reflects an appropriate balance between the needs
of our company and those of our customers," said Clark Gillespy, Duke Energy's
South Carolina state president. "If approved, this agreement will allow us to
keep the rate increase to customers as low as we reasonably can, and still
recover the investments we've made to modernize our system and to ensure safe,
reliable and increasingly clean electricity for the future."
"We also recognize the timing of the increase can be a challenge for some of
our customers. Part of this settlement is a shareholder contribution to help
our most vulnerable customers in our South Carolina service territory,"
Gillespy said. "These funds are in addition to assistance already provided by
Major components of the settlement
oA return on equity (ROE) of 10.2 percent
oA capital structure of 53 percent equity and 47 percent debt
oThe company agrees it will not request to implement another base rate
increase prior to September 2015, absent situations such as incurring
costs for new generation or except where necessary due to unforeseen
extraordinary economic or financial conditions
The PSCSC is conducting hearings around the state to gain public input on the
rate increase proposal. On July 31, the commission will hold an evidentiary
hearing in Columbia to consider the settlement and other unresolved issues.
The company has requested that the new rates go into effect in September.
To see the settlement filing, go to the PSCSC website (http://dms.psc.sc.gov),
choose "Docket Search" from the menu on the left, then search "By Docket
Number" using docket number 2013-59-E.
Duke Energy Carolinas
Duke Energy Carolinas owns nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas and hydroelectric
generation. That diverse fuel mix provides approximately 20,000 megawatts of
owned electric capacity to approximately 2.4 million customers in a
24,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina.
Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States
with more than $110 billion in total assets. Its regulated utility operations
serve approximately 7.2 million electric customers located in six states in
the Southeast and Midwest. Its commercial power and international business
segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and
Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded
on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about
the company is available at: www.duke-energy.com.
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