Florida Power & Light to lower customers’ bills amid pandemic — cites lower fuel costs

“Florida Power & Light Company has announced they will lower bills for customers as residents continue to face struggles amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to WSVN television in Miami.

“The decision was announced on Monday morning.

“If approved by the Florida Public Service Commission, starting on May 1, FPL plans to issue a “one-time decrease of nearly 25% for the typical residential customer bill.”

“The company said the decision comes as a result of lower fuel costs.

“Business owners will also see a decrease in their bills, dependent by rate class.”

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6 thoughts on “Florida Power & Light to lower customers’ bills amid pandemic — cites lower fuel costs”

  1. Hilarious. No one in Florida (or the whole country) is going to pay their bills tomorrow. They aren’t going to pay their rent much less a 25% off bill for anything— but food. Florida has issues that start with their Governor, what a dunce. Criminal – a Governor that is 100% brain dead.

  2. Chip:

    As a FPL customer here in St. Augustine, it will mean a reduction of about $25 for one month for us –– which we can apply to some essentials. Not much, but at this point we’ll take every twenty-five bucks we can find. Also, FPL has extended our April due-date by 28 days, so that will also help.

    The city has suspended all utility bill payments until some uncertain date and our landlord has agreed to defer half the April rent –– at least for short period of time. All of that helps, but we have no interest in deferring bills until it becomes an insurmountable obstacle down the road, so we await our $2,400 deposit like millions of others who want to stay as current as possible with bills while also living on more than peanut butter sandwiches and pork & beans.

    Most importantly, if Gov. DeSantis will quit sucking up to Trump and do something for the people, maybe we’ll see the elusive apex reached here sooner rather than later. At least we can hope he does something –– and ASAP. Newsom seems to be doing what he can for California, so hope that curve flattens out soon.

    Meantime, stay well.


    1. Hi Steve- Last we heard from you was April 1. So first hand—-Did FPL continue the “discount”? How is Florida doing now where you are at? Distance Learning or Open Schools? How is your Governor doing now ? Hows the fight over Confederate Memorials?

  3. Chip:

    Sorry not to respond sooner –– been buried in my Great American Novel (actually a nonfiction book) and hadn’t been checking in on much NC stuff these past few days.

    Don’t know about continued FPL discount, because we went on a plan that bills an equal amount each month based on previous use. Might not be such a great deal, but in the summer, when our FPL bill pushes toward $200 a month, and sometimes over that amount, paying a flat $128 helps us budget.

    Here in St Johns County, COVID-19 cases remain low when compared to South Florida, but my wife and I continue to self-isolate. At our age, there’s no such thing as being too cautious. (In a county of about 250,000, there have been 3,300 cases and nearly 30 deaths. Unfortunately both numbers are spiking).

    Schools were supposed to open August 10, but last week that was moved to August 31. Even that is too soon, in my opinion. Susi is a K-4 substitute teacher, and there’s no way she’s going back in a classroom any time soon –– if at all. The school board has developed a plan that will include online and face-to-face classes, and parents can home-school if they want. Not a good situation for the kids.

    I think DeSantis has lost touch with reality, but since he’s joined at the hip with Trump, that’s to be expected.

    As for the Confederate memorial, the city commission voted to have it relocated –– away from public property, to private property. No decision yet as to where it will go or when it will be moved, but the early estimate is $160,000. Knowing the nature of city hall estimates, however, the cost will be much more than that. It’s very fragile and will take a bunch of TLC to get it off the plaza and safely to its new home.

    Hope all is well with you and yours –– and stay safe.

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