Duke Energy Customers to Pay More for Failed Nuclear Plant Projects
Published October 18th, 2013
MARION COUNTY -- They aren't generating any power -- and never will in the future -- but a pair of nuclear power facilities in North Central Florida is costing customers of Duke Energy more money.
On Thursday, state utility regulators approved a multi-billion-dollar settlement agreement requiring Duke customers to pay more for the now-closed nuclear power plant in Crystal River and the planned nuclear plant in Levy County.
As a result, the average Duke customer will pay $5.62 every month to cover those costs. Considering Duke customers are already paying in advance for the cancelled Levy County plant, the average customer will see about an 89 cent increase over their current bill.
Duke Energy officials say the charge was needed to avoid any wild fluctuations in customers' future bills. "Without the agreement being approved, customers would have seen stark increases in their bills," said Sterling Ivey, a spokesman for Duke Energy.
But some Duke customers, including Tammy Pike of Marion County, wonder why they are now stuck footing the bill for someone else's mistake. "If they built it and they didn't use it, then I feel like they should have to foot the bill to take it all apart," said Pike.
Duke Energy officials say the new rates will go into effect starting in January.
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