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Some residents are complaining about what they are paying for electricity from the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency.
Executives of Duke Energy and Progress Energy say they'll need only about two weeks to address federal regulators' concerns that their merger will too heavily concentrate the Carolinas electric power market.
Progress Energy Carolinas is asking for a nearly four-percent rate increase for its North Carolina customers to help pay for higher fuel costs to generate power and the utility's investment in energy efficient and renewable energy programs.
Ice accumulation can bring down power lines. If you see a downed power line, report it to your electric cooperative immediately, and never touch or drive over a downed line.