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Many speak out against proposed Duke Energy rate hike

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Duke Energy has requested to increase their rates but some Upstate customers are not letting it happen without a fight.

The proposed increase is a 16.3 percent hike for residential customers and a 14.4 percent hike for businesses. Duke Energy said the rate hikes are necessary to replace older, less-efficient facilities.

More than 1,600 people have contacted the state's Public Service Commission and some spoke out at the Greenville County Council meeting on Monday against the increase.

"We don't have to sit back and take it time and time again, we can get involved and have our voice be heard and hopefully we can stop this thing," said Seth Powell, President of the Greenville Tax Payers Association.

Duke Energy spokesperson Ryan Mosier said they want to make sure if someone has a question or concern, the company can address it face-to-face.

A public meeting about the proposed increase was held last week in Spartanburg and is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Anderson Civic Center in Ballrooms A and B. The Civic Center is located at 3027 MLK Jr. Blvd.

The Public Service Commission will make a decision on the proposed increase by Sept. 18.

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