Some show outrage over 15% Duke Energy rate hike plan

Duke Energy on proposed rate hike; hearing in Carmel, Indiana

Jenny Dreasler | News 8 at 10 p.m.

CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) — Duke Energy is proposing a 15 percent rate increase for its Indiana customers.

Customers got their first chance to voice their opinions and give feedback on the potential hike during Monday night’s Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission public hearing inside Carmel High School’s auditorium.

About 50 people showed up to the hearing. Some were outraged with a rate increase they believe many can’t afford.

“There is nothing in this proposed rate increase or proposed programs that benefits residential customers,” said Duke customer Nora Arnold.

David Frye, business manager of Indiana Labor’s District Council, said, “An increase in an electric bill will affect many of our retirees living on fixed incomes.”

Duke said the average customer’s bill would go up 15%, or about $23 per month.

That works out to about 77 cents per day or roughly $275 per year

The increase would be 13% in 2020 and 2% in 2021.

Duke customer Julie Shadinger said, “I don’t have a choice. Duke Energy is the provider in this area and provides to the home that I live in, and so the choice I make is to be careful.”

“Like a lot of folks sitting here tonight, sometimes I don’t get raises every year. So $300 is, to me, is pretty precious. And I want the right to decide where I spend that money. And I don’t believe for a second Duke should be able to dictate that.”

The rate hike would result in a $395 million increase in annual revenue.

Duke officials said the extra money would allow the company to accelerate the retirement of some of its coal-fired power plants and add more natural gas and renewable energy sources.

Stan Pinegar, president of Duke Energy’s Indiana Operations, “We understand this and we don’t take this lightly. It’s a big ask. I think the burden is on us to show a value proposition for what we’re asking for. We intend to do that. There are many elements to this.”

While a few in attendance spoke positively of Duke’s community involvement, the overwhelming majority hoped their voices were heard and Duke won’t go through with the plan.

The Regulatory Commission’s next meeting on the proposed Duke Energy rate hike will be Sept. 23 in Terre Haute.

Give feedback

The Regulatory Commission is accepting comments online, by email at and by mail. The mailing address is OUCC Consumer Services Staff; 115 W. Washington St., Suite 1500 South; Indianapolis, IN 46204.


Carmel Market District and Firefighter Tim go HEAD-TO-HEAD in a Chili cookoff!

It’s a battle of the chilis, all for a worthy cause.

In our kitchen this morning, Rick Hopkins, Director of Food and Beverage, Carmel Market District, and Tim Griffin, Firefighter/EMT/Public Information Officer, tell us about an event that features food, fire trucks and fun for the entire family!

Carmel Market District and Firefighter Tim go HEAD-TO-HEAD in a Chili cookoff!

• In celebration of National Chili Day (Feb. 27) , Carmel Market District and the Carmel Fire Department are going head-to-head in a chili cookoff!
• In the afternoon of Sunday, February 23, the foodie destination will compete against Carmel firefighters in the Battle of the Chili Bowls. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample the participating c`hilis with all sorts of delicious dippers – including cornbread – and vote for their winning bowl!
• The grand prize includes a donation made to the firehouse charity of their choice.
• Carmel Market District is heatin’ things up with its delicious, homemade chili recipes that are sure to keep Firefighter Tim on his toes! From cactus chili to white bean chicken, Market District has its eye on the prize for the Battle of the Chili Bowls!
• Attendees will have the opportunity to sample the participating chilis with all sorts of delicious sides and dippers, including cornbread, Crazy Charlie’s salsa and many more.
• In conjunction with National Chili Day, the store refuses to lose sight of another wonderful foodie day – National Margarita Day (Feb 22)!
• Whether you want to grab all the ingredients in-store, or stop into Table, Hoosiers can perfectly pair their warm cup of chili with a nice, cold margarita this weekend.

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