The Great Debate, Cincinnati, Duke Energy and the Streetcar




For the past two years Duke Energy and the City of Cincinnati have been in negotiating the terms of the Streetcar in downtown.

The latest disagreement is over 60 inches. Yes, 60 inches.  Based on other cities streetcars, Cincinnati officials say only three- four feet is needed to separate utility lines from the tracks. Duke, however, has another number; the company said that a minium of eight feet is needed. 

In Charlotte, Duke Energy’s hometown, the distance between Duke’s utility lines and the streetcar is three feet.

The City estimates the cost of relocating Duke’s natural gas, electrical wiring and other infrastructure is $6 million. Duke believes will cost at least $18.7 million, which, I might add will be passed down in increased rates to ratepayers.

In Charlotte, Duke Energy’s hometown, the distance between Duke’s utility lines and the streetcar is three feet.

A little over a week before the groundbreaking of the streetcar, Julie Janson, Duke Energy Ohio & Kentucky President, sent a letter to Mayor Mark Mallory stating the company wouldn’t move any of the utility lines until the City agreed to Duke’s terms and conditions.

Discussions between the City and Duke have resumed and construction has started on the streetcar.

Could it be that Duke is upset about its pending loss of 700,000 ratepayers with electric aggregation? Another reason to Dump Duke.

To read more:

http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/article-25052-the_great_eight_debate.html

http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/blog-3126 dukes_streetcar_claim_might_be_crumbling.html

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