Duke Energy Florida announces reduction of natural gas rates

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13 April 2016, Gas

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The fuel and capacity, or purchased power, cost will drop $5.83 on the typical 1,000-kWh residential customer's monthly bill for a total electric cost of $108.32.

"After this price drop, our customers will be paying about 21 percent less for electricity than they were in January 2009. That's nearly $30 in savings every month," said Alex Glenn, Duke Energy state president - Florida. "We continue to seek innovative approaches to provide the best possible price while we invest in affordable, clean energy and improve reliability for our customers every day."

Duke Energy Florida's typical residential rate is approximately 20 percent below the national average. According to the Consumer Price Index, costs for housing, transportation and food have increased, while Duke Energy Florida rates have dropped. Duke Energy Florida previously reduced the residential rates by more than 6 percent in January 2016.

Business customers will also see similar rate reductions depending on a number of factors including rate class and type of service. A typical commercial customer will see as much as an 8 percent reduction. Industrial customers will see a 6 to 11 percent reduction, depending on the customer's service.

Duke Energy Florida works to actively manage its fuel contracts and keep costs as low as possible for customers. The company makes no profit from the fuel component of rates. Other cost-saving price changes are on the horizon. In the spring, the company plans to issue low-cost bonds to cut costs associated with the Crystal River nuclear plant.

This process, called Asset Securitization, will save customers approximately $600 million as compared to traditional cost recovery methods, depending on the interest rate.

Customers will see a new line on the bill titled "Asset Securitization Charge," once it is in place. The amount of the charge is currently estimated to be approximately $2.93/month, which is about $2 less -- or a savings of more than 35 percent for the next 20 years -- than what customers would pay on a 1,000 kWh residential bill under traditional cost recovery methods. Individual electric bills vary greatly and depend on the amount of electricity used.

Source: MarketLine

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