Floridians Against Increased Rates says it will appeal FPL's increase starting in January – Daytona Beach News-Journal

FAIR, a nonprofit advocacy group, notified the state Supreme Court it plans to challenge a Florida Power & Light rate hike that starts in January.
Floridians Against Increased Rates Inc. this week filed an appeal of the Florida Public Service Commission order approving FPL’s plan to collect $692 million more in base rates in 2022 and billions over the next four years.
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FPL contends the increases are necessary to provide for its long-term infrastructure, including building 16 million solar panels at more than 50 new sites and an expansion of electric vehicles.
FAIR President Mike Hightower said in a news release the rate increases are not justified.
“This rate increase is nothing more than a multibillion-dollar special-interest money grab by FPL,” Hightower said. “We are doubly committed to fighting for the interests of FPL customers, particularly as FPL’s rate hikes are piling onto the impacts that Florida’s residents and businesses are already feeling from the double-whammy of the resurgent COVID-19 pandemic and the highest inflation in 40 years, further compounded by the Public Counsel and the Public Service Commission abdicating their responsibility for doing so.”
Much of Florida’s northeast coastline — including large portions of Volusia, Flagler and St. Johns counties — are part of FPL’s territory. The company has 5.6 million customer accounts, representing more than half of the state’s population.
Upon the commission’s approval of the rate hike in October, FPL stated how much a customer would pay each month based on 1,000 kilowatt hours. That customer paying $101.70 this year will pay $113.85 in 2022, with subsequent increases reaching $117.02 in 2025.
Bill Orlove, a spokesman for FPL, said residential customers using 1,000 kilowatt hours in Volusia and Flagler counties will pay $120.67 starting Saturday.
“This includes the new rates customers will pay as part of the rate settlement agreement, as well as recent increased fuel costs, which accounts for more than half of the total increase customers will be paying,” he said.
During the Public Service Commission proceedings, FPL challenged FAIR’s standing as an intervening party. The organization was chartered in March.
“FAIR, a dubious organization quickly assembled during this year’s rate proceeding, continues to misrepresent Florida Power & Light Company’s comprehensive four-year rate settlement agreement,” Orlove wrote in an email. “The new rates, which will be in effect starting next month, benefit all of our 5.6 million customers and pave the way for us to continue building a more resilient and sustainable energy future we all can depend on — including future generations.”
Orlove said FPL’s agreement with the Public Service Commission was supported by multiple consumer and environmental advocacy groups and provides “continued long-term investments in infrastructure, clean energy and innovative technology — including the largest solar buildout in the United States — while keeping FPL’s typical residential customer bill below the national average through the end of 2025.”
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