Commissioner Rebeca Sosa continues to stand against FPL rate increases
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA – Consistent with her track record of opposing rate increases by Florida Power & Light (FPL), today the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution filed by Commissioner Sosa opposing an FPL rate increase. This latest piece of legislation is in response to FPL’s request to increase customer rates in order to recuperate an estimated $1.3 billion in costs related to Hurricane Irma.
On October 26, 2017, FPL’s parent company announced a proposal to pass the costs associated with Hurricane Irma to its customers. The measure would take effect in March of 2018 and tack on an additional $4 per month for every 1,000 kilowatt hours used by residential customers. The annual rate will continue to rise until the year 2020 when FPL believes the $1.3 billion balance will reach zero. FPL Customers currently pay a surcharge associated with Hurricane Matthew which is set to expire just one month prior to the start of the proposed Hurricane Irma payments. Citing past rate increases and FPL’s stated hurricane preparedness and infrastructure hardening efforts, Commissioner Sosa’s resolution calls for the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC), the board overseeing utilities in Florida, to deny FPL’s proposal.
“This year has been especially difficult for our residents who simply cannot afford to pay more for utility service,” said Commissioner Sosa. “Many in our community are experiencing greater financial difficulty as a result of Hurricane Irma, and we, as their locally elected officials, must take a stand on their behalf to help them in any way we can. I sincerely hope FPL and the PSC listen to this legislation and provide relief to the residents of our county and state.”
Link to legislation: http://www.miamidade.gov/govaction/legistarfiles/Matters/Y2017/172530.pdf