Protesters gathered in the city to fight a request by Duke Energy to raise your power bill.
Eyewitness News was in Uptown Wednesday afternoon with the message that protesters are trying to send.
People just started to gather around 5 p.m. for the 6 p.m. hearing.
Protesters want Duke to see their opposition to the third rate hike in four years.
They believe the increase is unnecessary and Duke needs to focus on cheaper, cleaner energy instead.
"That is what it is, greed. Strictly greed," said Duke customer Kenneth Miller.
Duke wants to raise rates by 5 percent for Charlotte customers. For the average home, that is about $6 more on your electric bill per month.
The rate increase could bring in an extra $205 million in the first two years and $235 million after that.
"It looks like they're starting to do it more and more often. They're going to get it any way they can get it," said Duke customer Gordon Withers.
Duke said that money will be going to capital improvement projects and it is less than half of the increase the company sought in February for electricity customers. But protesters said there are cleaner energy options that are much cheaper and that Duke is not doing enough to pursue those methods -- and many people in Charlotte agree.
Duke Energy held a public hearing Wednesday in Uptown over its latest rate hike.
In 2009, Duke Energy raised rates by 7 percent, costing about $7 per month. Last year was another 7 percent increase costing about $7.50 per month.
Duke Energy wants to a 5 percent rate hike, or about $6 per month. Together, the increases would cost customers an additional $20 per month.