Households in Western North Carolina will see an increase in power bills this week.
The North Carolina Utilities Commission ordered that new rates for Duke Energy Carolinas customers can take effect starting Wednesday.
Residential customers will see a slight increase–a rise by about 84 cents a month. Residential power bills will increase an extra 1.2 percent after four years.
However, industrial and other customers will see their bills cut by an average of 1.6 percent to nearly 4 percent.
Duke had requested to raise rates by more than 8 percent but was denied.
Duke Energy has about 2 million customers.