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Vote on FPL’s proposed $1.2 billion rate hike put off until January

by Dara Kam | October 27th, 2009

Gov. Charlie Crist got his way with the Public Service Commission today after the panel decided to delay a vote on FPL’s proposed $1.2 billion rate hike until next year.

Regulators voted unanimously to delay a decision on FPL’s rate hike, originally scheduled for Dec. 21, until Jan. 13.

Regulators rejected their staff’s recommendation that they vote on the rate hikes this year as originally planned to comply with state law.

Instead, they agreed to vote on the amount of FPL’s rate hike on Jan. 13 and Progress Energy’s on Jan. 11.

The votes on the breakdown of the rates among different classes of customers will come on Jan. 28 for Progress and Jan. 29 for FPL.

Crist asked the commission to defer the vote on FPL’s rate case and Progress Energy Florida’s proposed $500 million rate increase until after his two new panelists take office on Jan. 1.

One of Crist’s new commissioners, David Klement, got an early start at the PSC in time to participate in today’s crucial vote.

Klement, a former newspaper editorial writer, was sworn in on Friday to fill in for former Commissioner Katrina McMurrian, who quit her job earlier this month after Crist failed to reappoint her to a second term.

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2 Responses to “Vote on FPL’s proposed $1.2 billion rate hike put off until January”

  1. I wonder Says:

    Did nancy have a little late night chat with the governor before this vote? She got a heads up when the governor was coming out against fpl so maybe it works both ways?

  2. peggy arvanitas Says:

    Unfortunately, FP&L has said, from the Atty General agreement CHARLIE CRIST, OPC chief Harold McLean and AARP rep Mike Twomey signed with them in 2005, they DO NOT NEED a hearing to raise rates. So, after Crist got over $1 MILLION from the company last year for his VEEP Ammendment One campaign, this dog and pony show is for naught.

    I notice that the Dominatrix half naked bar owner that worked for a short period at a sheriff’s office has not been selected and sworn in for the other PSC job…Rubio will be all over Crist when he is, who forgot to vet this single guy from the Panhandle?

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