Florida PSC Greenlights Rate Reductions for Duke Energy and Tampa Electric

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Written By Blue & Gold NLR Team





This week, the Florida Public Service Commission granted approval for Duke Energy Florida and Tampa Electric to slash their rates, heralding good news for energy consumers across the state.

Duke Energy Florida secured the nod to decrease its bills owing to a dip in fuel charges, resulting in a nearly 4 percent reduction for a typical residential customer consuming 1,000 kWh of energy per month. This reduction complements the 6 percent decrease that took effect in January, translating to substantial savings for consumers.

Similarly, commercial and industrial customers can anticipate decreases ranging from 3.5 percent to 7 percent, contingent on industry type and usage patterns. The new rates are set to be implemented from June 2024 onwards.

Melissa Seixas, Duke Energy Florida’s state president, expressed optimism about the development, emphasizing the company’s commitment to delivering savings to customers while ensuring reliable and environmentally friendly power.

Duke Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, commands a substantial energy capacity of 12,300 megawatts and serves a vast customer base across Florida.

In tandem, Tampa Electric received approval to reduce its rates, attributed to a sustained decline in fuel prices. Residential customers using 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity monthly will witness a decrease in their bills, with further reductions anticipated for commercial customers, ranging from 4 percent to 11 percent based on usage.

This marks the second rate reduction for Tampa Electric this year, following a similar initiative in January. The company’s proactive measures to leverage declining fuel prices aim to provide relief to customers amid rising temperatures.

Archie Collins, president and CEO of Tampa Electric, expressed satisfaction in offering customers financial respite as summer approaches, highlighting the company’s commitment to affordability and service excellence.

The reductions stem from fluctuations in fuel costs, with utilities periodically adjusting rates to reflect market changes. Tampa Electric, leveraging a diverse energy mix and strategic partnerships, maximizes cost efficiencies to benefit its customer base.

Notably, the decline in natural gas prices has contributed to the overall reduction in electricity bills, with both companies passing on savings to consumers without additional markup or profit.

Tampa Electric, a subsidiary of Emera Inc., serves approximately 840,000 customers in West Central Florida, with a steadfast focus on delivering value and affordability.

In conclusion, the approval of rate reductions by the Florida Public Service Commission underscores the commitment of Duke Energy Florida and Tampa Electric to prioritize consumer welfare and affordability while delivering reliable and sustainable energy solutions.

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