Western Carolina University
Request to Raise Electric Rates
(Docket No. E-35 Sub 51 )

On March 9, 2020, Western Carolina University (WCU) filed a request to increase by about 13.7% the retail electric rates for its customers in Jackson County. Under WCU’s proposal, a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours of power in a month would experience a bill increase of 13.2%, from a current bill of $109.92 to $124.39.

The Commission has scheduled two hearings to consider this matter:

Date Time Location Purpose
9/10/2020 7:00pm
Remote Via Webex Public Witness Testimony Via Telephone
9/14/2020 2:00pm
Remote via Webex Expert Witness Testimony

Members of the public who would like to testify on September 10 must register in advance, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 4, 2020, by contacting the Public Staff via email at WCUPublicHearing@psncuc.nc.gov, or by calling 1-866-380-9816. When registering, provide your name, the telephone number you will use to participate in the hearing, address, and the topic of your testimony. A member of the Public Staff will contact you with further instructions. The Commission reserves the right to limit the speaking time for witnesses to ensure that as many people speak as possible.

The hearing on September 14 is to take the testimony of expert witnesses including witnesses for WCU. This hearing will also be held remotely via WebEx. Members of the public can observe the hearing via a link that will be available on this website the day of the hearing.

Customers can also submit a written statement to the Commission via email. Be sure to include the docket number in the subject line. Another option is to mail a statement to the Commission at the address below. In either case, after two or three business days, statements are made part of the official record for the proceeding, and can be viewed on this website via Docket Number E-35 Sub 51.

The Public Staff – North Carolina Utilities Commission is a separate, independent agency that represents the using and consuming public in matters before the Commission, including rate increase requests like this one. You can send the Public Staff a statement, or ask them a question, via email.


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