Duke Energy customers are about to see an increase in their monthly bills, with new rates taking effect Tuesday.

Rates are going up an average of 4.7% across all of the Charlotte-based utility's customer groups.

According to a news release, residential customers will see a bigger increase than in the commercial and industrial sectors. A typical residential customer's average monthly power bill will rise to just under $120. That's a bump of about $6.

The N.C. Utilities Commission approved the new rates earlier this year. The commission also approved several company proposals designed to assist low- and fixed-income customers.

Duke Energy initially requested a significantly larger rate increase to help pay for coal ash cleanup but agreed to a settlement it says will save customers more than $1 billion.

Duke Energy serves 1.4 million households and businesses in central and eastern North Carolina, and in the Asheville region.

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