Florida Power & Light customers to pay more in coming year

Posted at 1:01 PM, Nov 29, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- State regulators are giving a thumbs-up to a substantial rate hike for Florida's largest electric utility.

The Florida Public Service Commission on Tuesday approved an $811 million rate hike being sought by Florida Power & Light. FPL has about 4.8 million customers in the state.

FPL initially wanted a $1.3 billion hike, but scaled it back during settlement negotiations.

The rate hike will be phased in over a four-year period, but the first jolt will come in January when the average residential bill is expected to go up by about $7 a month.

PSC members, who are appointed by Gov. Rick Scott, defended the proposal before voting. They said that FPL has gotten good marks for its service and noted that its rates are among the lowest in the state.