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Nuke Shutdown Costs Progress Energy Florida Customers

By: AP
By: AP

Tallahassee, FL (AP) - The temporary shutdown of a nuclear
power plant will cost Progress Energy Florida customers about $3.83
per month.

That's for 1,000 kilowatt hours, the monthly average for a small
home.

The state Public Service Commission agreed Tuesday to let the
utility, which serves parts of central and north Florida, pass on
the cost of the unplanned outage. It's subject to refund if the
actual expense proves to be less.

The outage began in mid-December 2009 due to a crack in a
containment wall at the company's nuclear plant in Crystal River.

Customers, though will still see an overall rate reduction of
$7.56 in January due to lower fuel costs approved earlier this
month. That will drop the 1,000 kilowatt bill to $119.34.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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