(WEHT) – The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission is expected to take part in an evidentiary hearing on Wednesday, related to a request by Duke Energy to raise their rates.
According to Duke, the increase is needed to better serve customers.
The company cited three factors, including an increase in its customer base, a need for a more reliable and resilient grid, and the increased costs associated with tree trimming.
Indiana’s Office of Utility Consumer Counselor is asking regulators to deny the request, saying energy customers already struggle to pay their utility bills.
A final decision on the rate increase could come this summer.
(This story was originally published on January 22, 2020)