PSC denies increase for Florida Power and Light's commercial customers

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The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today found inconclusive evidence to support a new time-of-use (TOU) rate for Florida Power & Light Company? (FPL) commercial customers. TOU rates provide customers with an opportunity to reduce their electric bill by shifting usage from the higher cost on-peak period to the lower cost off-peak period.

As an intervenor in FPL? last rate case, the Association for Fairness in Ratemaking (AFFIRM) raised questions concerning the design of FPL? TOU rates for commercial customers. AFFIRM represents a coalition of quick serve restaurants, such as Wendy? and Pizza Hut, and believes FPL? summer on-peak period is too long. FPL? current summer on-peak period is from noon until 9 p.m. AFFIRM proposed a three-hour summer on-peak period, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Instead, the Commission instructed FPL to investigate whether fuel TOU factors based on marginal costs and/or summer and winter usage differentiation would provide benefits to customers and to the electric system. Results of FPL? investigation will be included in the company? testimony during the PSC? fuel cost recovery hearing in November.

In its Final Order in the rate case, the Commission directed FPL to work with AFFIRM to address the TOU concerns. Today? PSC decision is a result of the companies?inability to reach an agreement.

 

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.