State regulators gave Florida Power & Light permission Tuesday to add a second increase in charges to customer bills starting in January, bringing to $4.70 the total new charges approved for every 1,000 kilowatt hours a month in electricity used by customers.
The Florida Public Service Commission approved the $2.50 a month increase for 1,000 kilowatt hours of usage to cover the company's fuel costs. This follows a $2.20 a month nuclear cost charge approved by regulators last week -- for the same amount of electricity used -- to cover the cost of building and planning prospective nuclear power plants.
The PSC on Tuesday also approved slight decreases in fuel costs for customers of Tampa Electric Company and Gulf Power Company. The commission is expected to vote on a fuel cost charges for Progress Energy Florida customers tomorrow.
The increase for Florida's largest electric utility also came on the same day Gov. Rick Scott told members of the black legislative caucus that "I don't want to do anything that causes the cost of living in the state to go up.'' Scott appointed two of the five commissioners sitting on the regulatory panel.