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Occupy Durham and Raging Grannies

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.


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.