Tampa Electric Customers Face Storm Charges

Pointing to Hurricane Irma and other recent storms, Tampa Electric Company on Thursday filed a proposal to collect about $87.4 million from customers starting in March.

The money would go to covering storm damage and replenishing a reserve, with the largest chunk — nearly $77.7 million — stemming from this year’s Hurricane Irma, according to the filing with the Florida Public Service Commission.

Tampa Electric also is seeking to collect much-smaller amounts related to hurricanes Hermine and Matthew in 2016 and tropical storms Erika in 2015 and Colin in 2016. A residential customer who uses 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a month would see a monthly bill increase of $4, the utility said in a news release.

Reposted with permission from The News Service of Florida

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