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Scott commends FPL's discount for companies that bring jobs

Gov. Rick Scott commended Florida Power & Light on Tuesday for agreeing to amend its economic development program to make it easier for companies to draw down incentive money. Since it was first proposed by his transition team, the governor has wanted to use electric policy to help attract businesses.

Under the plan, approved by the Public Service Commission on Tuesday, new commercial and industrial customers of FPL that re-use existing facilities, use at least 350 kW of electricity and hire at least 10 full-time employees by June 1, 2013, will receive a 20 percent discount in their base electric bill. After that, they must hire at least 25 full-time employees.

The cost of the program will be shared by all FPL customers, and new residential customers who move to Florida or move into existing residences in FPL's territory, will not receive a discount.

Here's the governor's statement:

“I commend Florida Power and Light Company’s efforts to attract businesses to Florida by expanding the opportunity for new and growing businesses to receive discounted electric service and also creating an Office of Economic Development within the company. It is initiatives like this that help stimulate our economy and get Floridians back to work. By providing these essential services to businesses, the company is adding to the reasons why Florida is the number one place to start, grow or move a business.”