FPL rate increases: Public hearings this week

There are 20 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Jun 20, 2009, titled FPL rate increases: Public hearings this week. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

News item: State utility regulators considering a 30 percent base rate increase for Florida Power & Light will hold five South Florida hearings this week.

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WORKER

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#1 Jun 20, 2009
FPL can do as they please and there is nothing we can do about it!
Angry

Tampa, FL

#2 Jun 20, 2009
My fuel charges are 70 to 80 dollars and my electric portion is 40 to 50 dollars. what is wrong with this picture??????????
MikeP

Hialeah, FL

#4 Jun 20, 2009
Like everyone else.. they have a monopoly and the government lets them collect whatever they want. Why? Because they make huge donations and campaign contributions with their PACs. They also pay for training seminars for politicians with big parties at exclusive locations. I'm still waiting on that big change to help the little guy.. glad I didn't hold my breath.
BCR

Deerfield Beach, FL

#5 Jun 20, 2009
I used to complain about the cable company. Damn monopoly with poor service and constant rate hikes. then the options expanded. I can choose....satellite, AT&T or Comcast. I find now better deals, better service and more options for what better fits my need. Not so with electric. I have the choice of FPL FPl or FPL. So another monoloply with no reason to guarantee service no reason to provide custoer service, and no reason to rush service after a major storm. The onbly gurantee is the constant request for a raise in rates. this is ridiculous. I can see being without power after Wilma....but 2 weeks???????? Now I lose power when the wind blows. We are expecting a strong storm this Monday....I am expecting no power.
Nicolas Naranja

Clewiston, FL

#6 Jun 20, 2009
I don't have 30% more to give them
Nicolas Naranja

Clewiston, FL

#7 Jun 20, 2009
And when exactly did we stop paying for a service and start paying for the individual parts of that service? Electricity and then the fuel on top of it, the airplane ticket and then the seat and the luggage on top of it. Just let me know what the rate is going to be. I hope FPL locked in a whole lot of fuel when it was 33/bbl
Jim

AOL

#8 Jun 20, 2009
utilities should not be run for profit. we have to pay to keep the CEO in his private jet. as ive said before we all have had to pay more because fuel prices went up so much.. did we get any kind of refund when the gas prices were cut in half this past 8 months?? of course not. so F off FPL.
Clovus

Miami, FL

#9 Jun 20, 2009
Travesty
Ripoff and plunder.

Usurius rates. My bill has doubled from last year and Oil has dropped 66%.

No way to put up solar panels and sell the excess back to the grid. No way to contest the bills as there is NO competition.

FPL should be made a NON Profit when our Fuel Surcharge is used for moving executives and paying the top echelons.

Let the Management take the same pay cut the rest of the country did in the stock market. 80% down and then see if they really need a rate increase.

Let Obamas team take them over like they did the auto industry and banks and see how the brass would like the pay cuts.

We PAY too much here and the fuel rates have gone down yet my FUEL SURCHARGE is higher than my electric bill. When was the last time they built a new Nuclear plant here. THat is where 90 percent of the electric comes from.

ENOUGH> Make it an elected Public Service Commision with NO LOBBIESTS LAWYERS etc allowed.

Only residents that make less than 200 K a year and see if they get any rate increases.

Utilities with out competition or the semblance of a solar buy back or alternative buy back from home owners or businesses that make green energy should be limited to the same rate of growth that we get on Savings Bonds or Treasuries.

The elderly here lost 80% of there retirement funds yet FPL gets another rate increase on top of two last year.

ENOUGH. If they cant make a profit then go bankrupt let TARP take over cut wages and then make them a Government or NON PROFIT agency that they should be. Most lines are still above ground and one good storm we are back to ground zero. NO power and no viable solution for alternative energy.

ANY One that votes for an increase on the PSC should be immediately fired by the Governer CRist if he ever wants to be a Senator.

Enought of the rant but I cant believe I am paying over 240 per month for two bedroom apartment and only two of us.

It was half last year and they still made a profit and spent the fuel surcharge on thier personal moving expenses.
Luis

Columbus, OH

#10 Jun 20, 2009
Looks like we're headed down the road to becoming a third world country where the utility rates are through the roof. For example, in most countries in Latin America you have to run your a/c's (wall units because most countries do not have central air) only at night because if you run them during the day your average light bill will be in excess of $300.00. Imagine paying a light bill that's comparable to a car loan payment. With the current economic crisis and the high cost of living in So Fla, how can anyone justify that increase? It's time that the govt folks in Tallahassee grew a set and told them NO!
Local

AOL

#13 Jun 21, 2009
A few years ago my A/C unit was broken. My bill increased in April, May and June. When I called them to ask why my bill was going up they told me I was using my A/C more. I explained to them that my unit was not running and hadn't been since February - they told me I was running more fans! Nothing had changed with my electric use but yet each month increased. A/C was fixed in June and the bill increased in July just about as much as it had increased the previous months...
freddy

Boca Raton, FL

#14 Jun 21, 2009
I am born and raised here 57years old, fpl are thief's and should be taken over by the gov.
Realistic Return

United States

#15 Jun 21, 2009
Why can't FPL have a realistic return, say 1.87% like my Certificate of Deposit pays ? Why the outrageous 10% for investors ? Can it be said that the Commission is in the pocket of FPL ?
Broward Citizen

Hialeah, FL

#16 Jun 21, 2009
My question is....why should FPL be guaranteed a profit each year? The majority of business in and out of this country probably took a loss last year yet we have to guarantee that FPL make a profit during this hard times?
franco

AOL

#17 Jun 21, 2009
FPL has the Hitler and Kim Jung iL combined as their CEO.

Make us line their pockets with increased salaries and stock options at our expense.

How many in Tallahassee have been paid off by them.

Only time will tell.
Piper

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#18 Jun 21, 2009
Mayo, wasn't it you blocking the natural gas offloading facility to save us from Global Warming? Wasn't it you who didn't want oil drilling platforms 100 miles offshore? Wasn't it you and your lefty friends who blocked nuclear power plants. Wasn't it you and your lefty friends who blocked the natural gas power plants in Palm Beach? Yes it was. Now that the old, decrepid oil burning plants burn fuel that costs twice as much because you held down the supply, you bitch like an old woman. If you make a product scarce (oil, electricity) it will cost more. Much more. When a business is looking for a place to manufacture products, the cost and supply of energy is a key consideration. We have none, so we have no jobs. Thanks for the new Liberal Progressive Democrat Communist World Order where you fight for a scrap of food, a hope to stay alive.
Boca Boy

Boca Raton, FL

#19 Jun 21, 2009
ANY One that votes for an increase on the PSC should be immediately fired by the Governer CRist if he ever wants to be a Senator.
PropertyTaxHater

Hollywood, FL

#20 Jun 21, 2009
We can shout, print, talk or yell all we want. Nothing will change, until we allow more Power plants, nuclear, gas, oil, coal etc. and invite other corporations to compete with FPL. untill then - Bend Over and take it. BTW dont let the govt take over electric cupply - I dont want to see my property taxes and electric bill increase at the same time.
Dave

United States

#21 Jun 21, 2009
Thank you FPL because of your greed more and more people are leaving Florida, it is getting too expensive to live here. Eventually the state will be filled with folks whom are wealthy and can afford these outragious prices, the rest of us will migrate to Georgia, South Carolina and even Texas.
captain midnight

Fort Pierce, FL

#22 Jun 21, 2009
I've had nothing but good experiences with FPL, keep up the good work.
not a hater

United States

#23 Jun 21, 2009
These "BLOOD SUCKERS" are the only game in town. thats why they pull this stunt every 12 to 18 mths."outrageous"

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