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Increase in FPL rates after the new year

Increase in FPL rates after the new year

Rates are going up at Florida Power and Light. The Public Service Commission in Tallahassee has approved an 800 million dollar increase over the next four years.
Rates start going up in January and it will eventually cost the average residential customer about ten bucks a month.

State regulators are giving a thumbs-up to a substantial rate hike for Florida’s largest electric utility. The Florida Public Service Commission on Tuesday approved an $811 million rate hike being sought by Florida Power & Light. FPL has about 4.8 million customers in the state.

FPL initially wanted a $1.3 billion hike, but scaled it back during settlement negotiations. The rate hike will be phased in over a four-year period, but the first jolt will come in January when the average residential bill is expected to go up by about $7 a month. PSC members, who are appointed by Gov. Rick Scott, defended the proposal before voting. They said that FPL has gotten good marks for its service and noted that its rates are among the lowest in the state.

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