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North Florida utility customers could be on the hook for rising fuel prices at power plants

A cord is plugged into a power outlet next to a light switch.
Craig Moore
WFSU Public Media

Utility customers in some parts of North Florida could see their monthly electric bills increase in August. That’s due to fuel costs for power plants that are higher than expected.

The Florida Public Utilities Company filed a proposal Tuesday at the state Public Service Commission, seeking to pass along additional costs to customers.

The company provides electricity in Jackson, Calhoun, Liberty and Nassau counties.

Under the proposal, residential customers who use 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per month would pay an additional $14.89 monthly from August through December.

Utilities generally are allowed to pass along fuel costs to customers but are not supposed to profit from those charges.

If costs are higher than expected, utilities can seek “mid-course corrections.”