Duke gas plant April 2018

Duke Energy's combined-cycle natural gas plant is pictured in April 2018. The plant opened in October 2018, adding millions of dollars to the county's taxable value.

Duke Energy Florida filed a request Tuesday with the Florida Public Service Commission to recover investment costs associated with building new solar plants in Hamilton and Columbia counties.

Duke will release the cost to ratepayers in late August, but the company said in a press release that it expects residential customers' rates to increase less than half a percent for each project.

This is the second rate-hike request Duke Energy Florida has made this year.

In July, the PSC approved a request to raise rates to recover investment costs associated with the company’s natural gas plant in Crystal River.

Under the terms of that request, residential customers can expect an increase of $3.59 per 1,000 kilowatt hours (kwh) of electricity in the fall and a $2.25 increase per 1,000 kwh in the winter or early January.

Citrus County has 46,000 Duke Energy customers.

Contact Chronicle reporter Michael D. Bates at 352-563-5660 or mbates@chronicleonline.com.

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CitrusCo Citizen

Wait, do you mean Duke lied to us? Again? They told us to stop protesting against the Sabal fracked methane natural gas pipeline that cut through our properties and fouled our rivers and springs because golly gee whiz our utility bills would go down and there were be jobs, jobs and more jobs! Not! We get yet another rate hike on our utility bills and guess what--our bills will never go down--they'll just increase year after year. How many more lies will Duke hand to us each year as they work hard to skeez the customers?

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