consumer rights

Duke Energy caught making illegal charges to customers

June 18, 2013 - A utility watchdog and its hired expert scoured Duke Energy rate-hike filings and uncovered numerous instances where the company inappropriately charged customers for things like political contributions and a sports team sponsorship. They're calling on state regulators to fine Duke at least $5 million for the violations.

Public gets last chance to weigh in on Duke-Progress merger

September 19, 2011 - The N.C. Utilities Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 20 about the proposed merger of Progress Energy and Duke Energy to form the nation's largest electric utility, which would operate under the Duke Energy name. The hearing represents the public's last chance to weigh in on the plan. If the merger is approved, the company would become the largest U.S. utility, worth over $35 billion and with more than 7 million customers in the Carolinas, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

More regulatory failure: FDA didn't inspect syringe plant despite complaints

February 27, 2009 - It hasn't been a good year so far in terms of preventing regulatory failures at Southern manufacturing plants. The nation is still reeling from a massive salmonella outbreak linked to peanut products from the Peanut Corporation of America's plant in Blakely, Ga., that has sickened sickened some 666 people and may have contributed to nine deaths.