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Panel denies appeal in Duke Energy probe

By Bruce Henderson
bhenderson@charlotteobserver.com

The N.C. Utilities Commission has dismissed an appeal of its December order that settled an investigation of the Duke Energy-Progress Energy merger.

The commission had probed the abrupt ouster last July of former Progress CEO Bill Johnson to lead the combined companies.

NC WARN, a Durham advocacy group that often criticizes Duke, had sought to become a formal party to the investigation. The commission denied that bid, and agreed Monday with Duke’s motion to dismiss the appeal.

Utilities commissioner Bryan Beatty dissented from the ruling, saying it should have been left for an appellate court to decide.

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