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Duke Energy rates in ENC increase 9.9% on December 1 due to natural gas prices

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Electricity rates will rise 9.9% on December 1 for Duke Energy customers in Asheville, Raleigh and eastern North Carolina because of higher costs for natural gas.

Duke Energy says the increase will drop back to 9.3% January 1, when other rate adjustments take effect.

Overall, the changes will add $11.70 to the monthly bill for a typical residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours per month.

Duke says the new typical monthly bill of just over 138 dollars -would still be lower than last year's national average of $150 a month.

Duke customers in central North Carolina- had a similar 9.5% fuel-related increase on September 1st.

More rate increases are expected next year, when the company hopes to take advantage of a new state law that allows rate plans covering multiple years.

Kelly Batchelor hails from the small crossroads community of Cabin in Duplin County in eastern North Carolina. Since 1989 Kelly has been actively employed in radio.