Tallahassee, Florida- August 8, 2012
Power bills could be going up. Florida Power and Light is seeking a 690 million dollar rate increase. Florida Power and Light wants a rate increase of about 690 million dollars, that would boil down to an average of seven dollars a customer every month. FPL says it's really a one dollar and 40-cent increase because falling fuel prices have lowered bills.
The Florida Public Service Commission is listening to customers' testimony this week. Governor Rick Scott, who says he's trying to keep the cost of living low in Florida, is refusing to denounce FPL's request. He says it's not his place.
Says Governor Scott: "What I can have an impact on is how we spend your tax dollars. That's what I'm responsible for. The commission is responsible to go through and look what the utilities are going to do."
Governor Scott has no obligation to weigh in on the increase...But former governor Charlie Crist denounced a rate hike while he was in office. And the Public Service Commission responded by drastically scaling back what Florida Power was allowed to charge.We asked Attorney General Pam Bondi her thoughts on the increase. She says she's monitoring the situation.