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Duke Energy’s NC customers could save on monthly bills next year

Duke Energy workers on the scene working to restore power after a large tree fell on power lines at the1300 block of Euclid Ave. in Dilworth on Oct. 3,2015.
Duke Energy workers on the scene working to restore power after a large tree fell on power lines at the1300 block of Euclid Ave. in Dilworth on Oct. 3,2015. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

Duke Energy’s North Carolina customers will save about $3 on their monthly bills next year thanks to lower coal and gas prices if a state commission approves a recent proposal from the Charlotte-based company.

Duke made its annual filings Wednesday with the North Carolina Utilities Commission for costs associated with fuel, compliance with the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard, and implementation of energy efficiency and demand-side management programs.

If the filing is approved, a typical residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours a month would see his or her average bill drop to $104 from $107.11, Duke said Thursday.

Duke said bills could be lower thanks in part to the lower projected coal and gas fuel prices, which are in part offset by higher projected nuclear fuel costs.

Duke Energy has about 7.2 million customers in six states.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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