The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today rejected a request by Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) to recover costs for activities related to federal government rule making related to water quality.
“While it’s commendable that FPL wants to limit rate impacts from the proposed regulations, the Environmental Protection Agency rules are not final, and FPL is not incurring any required compliance costs,” said PSC Chairman Art Graham. “We, therefore, determined that the utility did not meet a legal threshold for passing along costs to customers.”
FPL requested to include these costs in the Environmental Cost Recovery Clause (ECRC), a component of customers’ monthly bills. Commissioners heard from all parties on FPL’s request during the PSC’s annual cost recovery clause hearings in October. Today, Commissioners agreed that the PSC lacked the statutory authority to extend ECRC cost recovery to activities involved in shaping policies as opposed to complying with laws or regulations.
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