Attend the 7 p.m. Utility Commission Hearing in Durham, which will be held in the Durham City Hall Council Chambers at 101 City Hall Plaza.

The meeting will focus on Duke Energy’s proposed rate increases.

Duke Energy is seeking an 18.6 percent rate increase for residential electricity customers and 14 percent for businesses. This will be on top of a 8 percent increase since January 2010 and 5 percent increase in fuel surcharges in September.

According to a Duke Energy press release, the rate increase is necessary to recover $4.8 billion in infrastructure investments.