GOP gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory, who spent most of his career as a mid-level Duke Energy executive, said he thought the state Utilities Commission acting properly in looking into the controversy surrounding the merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy.
“I think the Utiltiies Commisison is doing it's job and asking the questions relating to why they approved the merger," McCrory said. "I think it's very proper for them to ask and inquire about why and when decisions were made.''
“I do think the discussion need to get to two primary areas," McCrory said. "The primary purpose of the merger should be to make sure that North Carolina has low cost, reliable energy, now even more with the merger. The low cost energy is greatest economic development tool.''
“The discussion needs to be centered not around individuals but low cost, reliable and efficient energy for the next 50 years as a result of the merger. The second area as governor I would be asking is regarding jobs and primarily not just the jobs of staff, but the jobs of any potential power plants that could be built of expanded in North Carolina in the future.''