New rates became effective on June 1 for Duke Energy Carolinas customers in South Carolina based on the Public Service Commission of South Carolina order issued May 21. The company says the new rates “remain below the national average,” even after adjustments were made to reflect investments in cleaner, more reliable energy, according to a news release.
The Public Service Commission approved an average rate increase of 3.7% for all residential customers. Commercial and industrial customers will see an average increase of 1.6%, with actual rates varying by customer group and size, according to the release.
A typical residential customer who uses 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity monthly will pay about $122.45 per month, an increase of about $4.71, the release said.
Duke Energy Carolinas serves about 591,000 customers in the Upstate.
A rate change also was made June 1 for Duke Energy Progress customers. Duke Energy Progress serves about 169,000 customers in the northeastern part of South Carolina, including Darlington, Florence and Sumter counties.