Duke Energy Rate Increase Hearing

The South Carolina Public Service Commission held a public hearing in Seneca Tuesday evening to gauge Duke Energy customers’ reactions to a proposed rate increase affecting 18 counties. The event at Seneca High School allowed customers to voice their concerns under oath.

PSC Chairwoman Florence Belser clarified that the hearing aimed to understand the impact of the approximately 12.8% rate increase on small residential customers. Richard Curtis, a retiree, expressed his concern about the rising cost of living while managing a fixed income. Similarly, Sharon DeRidder voiced her worries about those struggling to balance their finances amidst high inflation, especially with the potential increase in their home energy bills as early as August 1….


Duke filed for the increase in January, with a decision due by July 4th. The Seneca hearing was one of seven, with the next scheduled for April 22nd in Anderson.