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Utility rate public hearing in Fort Myers

By Staff | May 29, 2012

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) is conducting two customer service hearings on May 31 in Fort Myers and Sarasota for customers of Florida Power & Light Company (FPL).

In March, FPL filed a petition for an increase to its base rates.

Customers are invited to attend the hearings in Fort Myers at 6 p.m. at the Lee County Education Center’s school board room, 2855 Colonial Blvd.; or 9:30 a.m. at the Sarasota City Hall chambers.

As of January, a 1,000 kwh monthly bill for residential customers is $94.62. Using FPL’s proposed increase, the same monthly bill is estimated at $95.19 in January 2013 and $96.03 in June 2013. These charges include a base rate increase of $5.23 and $1.86 respectively. However, with an estimated reduction in fuel costs and other bill changes, the proposed net increase is $0.57 and $0.84, respectively.

FPL provides electric service to more than 4.5 million retail customers in all or parts of 35 Florida counties.

The hearings allow customers to comment on the proposed rates and any FPL quality-of-service issues.