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NEWS RELEASE


03/14/2005 Contact: 850-413-6482

Customer Hearings Scheduled To Discuss Petition For A Storm Cost Recovery Clause To Recover Extraordinary Expenditures Related To Four Hurricanes By Progress Energy Florida, Inc.


TALLAHASSEE — On Wednesday, March 16, 2005, and Thursday, March 17, 2005, the staff of the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC or Commission) will conduct three of the six scheduled customer hearings to accept comments and answer questions from consumers about a petition filed by Progress Energy Florida, Inc. (PEF or utility).  In its petition, PEF seeks approval of a Storm Recovery Clause that would allow it to recover extraordinary expenditures related to Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Jeanne, and Ivan.  The purpose of the new clause would be to recover the storm damage costs that exceeded the utility’s Storm Damage Reserve during the 2004 hurricane season.

PEF serves approximately 1.5 million retail customers in its service area in Florida, which is comprised of approximately 20,000 square miles in 35 of the state’s 67 counties.  In addition, the utility supplies electricity at retail to approximately 350 communities and at wholesale to about 21 Florida municipalities, utilities, and power agencies.

All customers of this utility are invited to attend the hearings, which will be held at the following times and locations:            

Wednesday, March 16, 2005
10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
City Commission Chambers
City Hall
450 N. Wilson Avenue
Bartow, Florida

Wednesday, March 16, 2005
6:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers, 2nd
Floor
City Hall
175 5th Street North
St. Petersburg
, Florida

Thursday, March 17, 2005
10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers, 3rd
Floor
City Hall
112
S. Osceola Avenue
Clearwater, Florida

PSC staff is currently scheduled to file its recommendation to the Commission concerning this petition on June 2, 2005.  The Commission is currently scheduled to consider the staff’s recommendation and vote on this matter at its June 14, 2005, Agenda Conference.

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