(Tampa, Fla. - WFLA) The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) on Wedensday unanimously approved Tampa Electric's proposed base-rate settlement that takes effect in November.
As result of the settlement, 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.
As previously announced, 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. It also includes a $110 million increase when the expansion of the Polk Power Station is complete, expected in January 2017. Tampa Electric cannot 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. "This is a fair resolution for all Tampa Electric customers - and we could not have achieved it without the dedicated work of all the groups working together to reach this constructive compromise."
The settlement for Tampa Electric's base rates was reached among the Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in utility issues, the Florida Industrial Power Users Group, the Florida Retail Federation, the Federal Executive Agencies and WCF Hospital Utility Alliance.
The settlement does not include adjustments for fuel and other clauses, which the PSC will decide in November. When including the clauses and the settlement, the average residential bill could total $109.52 in January - still 8 percent below the national average. (According to the Energy Information Administration, the 12-month rolling average cost of electricity in the United States was $119.50 a month in June 2013.)