Occupy Durham and the Raging Grannies protested the proposed Duke Energy rate increase Wednesday.

People start to gather outside Durham City Hall.

Many at the meeting were from the Occupy Durham protest group.

About 30 minutes before the official start of the meeting, the crowd got larger. About 70 people were in attendance at this point.

Gary Phillips, a Weaver Street realty broker in Carrboro, supported the protesters.

The Raging Grannies sang protest songs about the rate increase.

A Raging Granny hat closeup.

Protesters against the Duke Energy rate increase filled the council room and clapped to support the Raging Grannies.

Well spoken appeals against the rate increase received standing ovations.