Raleigh-based Progress, a subsidiary of Charlotte-based Duke Energy, wants to raise residential rates by 14.2 percent.

For a typical North Carolina household that uses 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a month, the request would increase power costs by nearly $180 a year.

The N.C. Utilities Commission will hold public hearings in February and March.

Dates have not been released yet.

Contact Utilities Commission Chairman Edward Finley to voice your concerns about Progress Energy’s rate increase request by emailing: statements@ncuc.net.

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