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Tampa Electric Rate Hike Approved, What It Means For Your Electric Bill

Starting Nov. 1, the monthly bill for the average residential customer is slated to rise.

The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) has unanimously approved Tampa Electric’s proposed base-rate settlement that takes effect in November, according to a TECO news release.

  • As a result, "the monthly bill for the average residential customer who uses 1,000 kilowatt-hours will rise by $5.67 a month, or 5.5 percent, to $108.25 from the current $102.58, beginning Nov. 1."

Also noted is that the settlement calls for:

  • An initial revenue increase of $57.5 million on Nov. 1, and additional “step” increases of $7.5 million and $5 million on Nov. 1 in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
  • A $110 million increase when the expansion of the Polk Power Station is complete, expected in January 2017.

Tampa Electric can't change its base rates again until 2018, except under certain conditions. “This settlement provides closure and clarity to a complex regulatory process,” said Gordon Gillette, president of Tampa Electric.

Calling it "a fair resolution for all Tampa Electric customers," Gillette added "we could not have achieved it without the dedicated work of all the groups working together to reach this constructive compromise.” 
Mike September 12, 2013 at 10:39 AM
gee, what it means is I get to pay more for power outages and surges! Thank you PSC!

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