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.
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