- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina’s highest court has upheld a regulatory panel’s updated decision that allowed a Duke Energy subsidiary to raise electric rates on customers in western North Carolina and Durham in 2012 by roughly 7 percent.

Friday’s ruling was the second time the rate case had reached the state Supreme Court. The first time justices told the North Carolina Utilities Commission there wasn’t enough evidence it listened to how customers could be affected.

The commission revisited the matter. The Supreme Court said Friday it’s now persuaded the panel has sufficient factual findings behind the panel’s decisions. Duke Energy says it’s pleased the case is resolved.

Attorney General Roy Cooper appealed both commission rulings. He’s disappointed with the result but believes the court laid groundwork for consumers’ interests being considered moving forward.

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