Company is adjusting January 23 fuel filing
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Today, Duke Energy Florida updated its fuel and capacity rate request due to falling natural gas cost projections, which will lower a typical residential customer bill by approximately $8.50 per month.
If approved, the monthly bill for a typical residential customer using 1,000 kWh would be $190.56. The new rate will take effect beginning April 2023. The change will save customers $8.48 per 1,000 kWh compared to the proposed January 23 filing.
Commercial and industrial customers will see a decrease from 5% to 9% compared to the January 23 filing.
“Duke Energy wanted to take immediate steps to provide cost relief for our customers. We understand some families are facing financial pressures and encourage anyone who needs assistance to reach out to us,” said Melissa Seixas, Duke Energy Florida state president.
During 2021 and 2022, a number of unique events drove up natural gas prices and caused supply uncertainty, which affected not only utility companies but a variety of other industries that rely on natural gas as well.
The company uses natural gas as its main fuel source to generate reliable electricity across the state of Florida. The company does not profit from these increased fuel costs, and proactively takes measures to insulate customers from volatility.
Duke Energy Florida
Duke Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, owns 10,500 megawatts of energy capacity, supplying electricity to 1.9 million residential, commercial and industrial customers across a 13,000-square-mile service area in Florida.
Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of America’s largest energy holding companies. Its electric utilities serve 8.2 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and collectively own 50,000 megawatts of energy capacity. Its natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The company employs 27,600 people.
Duke Energy is executing an aggressive clean energy transition to achieve its goals of net-zero methane emissions from its natural gas business by 2030 and net-zero carbon emissions from electricity generation by 2050. The company has interim carbon emission targets of at least 50% reduction from electric generation by 2030, 50% for Scope 2 and certain Scope 3 upstream and downstream emissions by 2035, and 80% from electric generation by 2040. In addition, the company is investing in major electric grid enhancements and energy storage, and exploring zero-emission power generation technologies such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear.
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