While Florida regulators on Monday delayed consideration of Duke Energy Florida's request to raise its electricity rates until next year, in North Carolina Duke is pursuing a more aggressive rate hike.
If approved, the new rates would raise subsidiary Duke Energy Progress' price for electricity to North Carolina customers close to what Duke wants to charge Floridians.
For years, Florida residents have paid more for electricity than customers in North Carolina, where Duke Energy Corp. is headquartered. Duke Energy Progress' proposed rate hike last week for its residential customers in North Carolina is the largest rate increase the Raleigh-based power company has sought since it was called Carolina Power & Light in the 1980s.
North Carolina residential customers of subsidiary Duke Energy Progress could see their monthly bills increase more than 16 percent from $104.68 to $122.48, if Duke wins regulatory approval by state regulators there. That price is only 75 cents less than the rate hike to $123.23 from $117.24 sought by Duke Energy Florida.
The Florida Public Service Commission on Monday postponed its review of Duke's rate case in Florida until next summer.