Duke Energy requests rate increase in Pee Dee

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Duke Energy Progress Thursday filed a request for a rate increase for customers in Darlington, Florence and Sumter Counties.

Residential customers would see their bills increase by about 12.5 percent - or an average of $17.91, according to a release by Duke Energy Progress.

"Work to modernize power plants and generate cleaner electricity, responsibly manage coal ash, improve reliability and continually enhance service is at the heart of a request by Duke Energy Progress to change customer rates in South Carolina," the company said Thursday.

Industrial and commercial customers would see an average increase of 8.8 percent-- rounding out the average across all customer groups to 10.3 percent.

Duke Energy Progress serves about 169,000 customers across the Pee Dee.

The Public Service Commission of South Carolina will review the request and will hold public hearings before making a decision.

If approved, the rate hike would go into effect June 1, 2019.

A similar request was made Thursday for Duke Energy Carolinas. Duke Energy Carolinas serves about 591,000 customers in the Upstate region of South Carolina, including Greenwood, Greenville, Spartanburg, Lancaster and York counties.

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