Duke Energy reacts to rate hike

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Earlier in the week we told you about a 16 percent rate increase for Duke Energy customers.

The increase is to help pay for construction and financing costs for its coal-gasification power plant.

We set out to find answers.

We spoke with Rick Burger who is a representative of Duke Energy in Terre Haute.

He says there is one thing you should know.

“The key is the majority of this 16 percent to build this plant has already been in their bill since 2009. And all we’re talking about is the last two percent. And that has to be approved by the regulatory commission at this point in time,” Burger told us.

Burger also points out that there are benefits to this plant.

He says lt is local, and has created jobs in the Wabash Valley.

The plant runs on green coal technology.

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