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12/03/2007 Contact: 850-413-6482

Customer Service Hearing Set for FPUC Rate Request in Marianna


TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) will conduct a customer service hearing on Wednesday, December 5, 2007, for customers of Florida Public Utilities Company (FPUC). The utility provides service to approximately 15,410 customers in Jackson, Calhoun, and Liberty counties and has applied for an increase in its electric rates. The utility’s last full rate case was in 2004.

FPUC is requesting a rate change to recover increasing operating costs, including insurance, pensions, maintenance and replacement, and regulatory compliance at the state and federal levels.

Under FPUC’s proposal, a residential customer using 1,000 kwh will pay $113.27. The total monthly electric bill for residential customers using 1,000 kwh is currently $81.23, based on interim rates.

The hearing allows customers to comment on the proposed rate increases and any quality-of-service issues relevant to the utility. Customers are invited to attend the hearing at the following time and location:

Wednesday, December 5, 2007
10:00 a.m. (CST)
Jackson County Administration Building
County Commission Meeting Room
2864 Madison Street
Marianna, Florida

The PSC is committed to making sure that Florida's consumers receive their electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and wastewater services in a safe, affordable, and reliable manner. The PSC exercises regulatory authority over utilities in the areas of rate base/economic regulation; competitive market oversight; and monitors safety, reliability, and service.

For additional information, visit  Publications/SpecialReports/.



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