Sunday, October 25, 2009

SC Green Party, 5 environmental groups file in Duke rate case

The Environmental Defense Fund, South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Southern Environmental Law Center and Natural Resources Defense Council have filed as intervenors with the South Carolina Public Service Commission (SCPSC) in Duke Energy Carolinas rate hike request. These five environmental organizations join the South Carolina Green Party (SCGP) and the South Carolina Energy Users Committee as Duke's proposed rate hike is considered.

Each of these five environmental groups is represented by the same attorney, J. Blanding Holman, IV of the Southern Environmental Law Center, based in Charleston. The South Carolina Green Party is represented by Rolf Baghdady, and the South Carolina Energy Users Committee is represented by Scott Elliott.

Written testimony must be submitted by November 2nd. Public hearings are scheduled for Greenwood, 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 19, 2009 at the Lakeview Elementary School, 660 Center Street; Greenville, 6:00 P.M. on Monday, November 23, 2009 at the Greenville County Council Chambers, 301 University Ridge, Suite 2400; and in Spartanburg, 6:00 P.M. on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at the Spartanburg County Administration Building, 366 North Church Street, Council Chambers. Green Party members and supporters are encouraged to attend and speak out.

The South Carolina Green Party has not decided what position to take on the application yet. Because these proceedings are going to play a major role in what the Public Service Commission decides, the SCGP plans to evaluate our options very carefully in hopes that we can help the SCPSC come to the best decision for Duke rate payers in the state.

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