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12/06/2011 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC Commissioner Balbis Grants Consumer Advocate's Request to Change PEF's CR3 Review Date


TALLAHASSEE — Florida Public Service Commissioner (PSC) Eduardo E. Balbis today granted a Joint Unopposed Motion to Amend the schedule established for the review of Progress Energy Florida’s (PEF) Crystal River Unit 3 (CR3) Nuclear Plant outage and repairs.

The Office of Public Counsel, which represents utility customers before the PSC, along with other consumer representatives that have intervened in the case, requested an extension of 60 days for all key activities and controlling dates, as well as an extension from 5 to 10 days for the hearing itself.  Citing the complex nature of the case and the high level of activity to date, OPC and the other consumer groups stated that “additional time is required for the preparation of responsive testimony and exhibits by intervenor parties, which currently are due to be filed on February 10, 2012.”

“It’s important that all parties have sufficient time to thoroughly examine all available evidence before the hearing begins,” said Commissioner Balbis.  “By approving this motion, the ratepayers can be assured that their representatives will be fully prepared to present the factual and legal issues concerning CR3.”

The PSC established a docket in November 2010 to examine the CR3 outage and the prudence of PEF’s decisions regarding the CR3 steam generator replacement project.

Other intervenors participating in the motion include Florida Industrial Power Users Group, the Florida Retail Federation, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, and White Springs Agricultural Chemicals.  PEF did not object to the motion.

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