More nuclear plants inevitable in Florida? Residents to pay power companies for hundreds of millions in construction costs

Every time you pay your energy bill, a portion of it goes to build a nuclear power plant […]

It will be the fourth year the utilities [Florida Power & Light and Progress Energy Florida] will be allowed to collect money for nuclear costs. Together, they are asking customers for $337 million next year.

FPL wants $2.09 a month from each customer using an average of 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity. Progress Energy wants more than twice that — $4.80 per month for 1,000 kilowatt hours […]

“We believe the outlook for nuclear in Florida is dimmer now than when we started this,” said Charles Rehwinkel of the Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers before the state Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities. “The most customers are looking at is getting the opportunity to get a certificate [to build a plant] but to get one built cost-effectively doesn’t look good.”

via State leaders see nuclear power as inevitable to Florida’s energy future

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