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Attorney General Josh Stein Appeals Duke Energy Coal Ash Rate Case to Supreme Court of North Carolina

Release date: 4/26/2019

(RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein today filed his brief in the North Carolina Supreme Court to appeal the North Carolina Utilities Commission’s recent Duke Energy rate case decision. Attorney General Stein has expressed serious concerns about the propriety and fairness of forcing ratepayers to cover all the costs of cleaning up coal ash.

Attorney General Stein released the following statement:

“Duke Energy knew for many years that the way it handled coal ash was risky and could pollute groundwater, but it failed to act prudently when it should have. And now, Duke argues that the people of North Carolina should pay the full cost of cleaning up coal ash. I disagree with the Utilities Commission’s decision and am challenging it in the North Carolina Supreme Court because I believe that Duke’s shareholders should have to pay their fair share of the total cost.

“The Utilities Commission’s decision also allows Duke Energy to raise customers’ rates so that Duke can earn a profit on the cost of cleaning up the coal ash mess. That is also unfair and unacceptable.”

A copy of the brief can be viewed here.

Laura Brewer (919) 716-6484


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