Duke Energy Florida files for new base rates; announces fuel filing to reduce rates in 2024, expects overall lower customer bills in 2025

Today, Duke Energy Florida filed for new base rates with the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC). The company stated it would also reduce rates by filing a fuel mid-course adjustment. Additionally, the company requested approval of new cost-effective energy efficiency goals and programs, which will help customers save on energy bills.

Base Rates

The base rate filing proposes smart investments in innovative technologies to increase efficiency and reduce outages while passing on savings to customers. It also includes 14 new solar sites, adding 1,050 megawatts of clean energy. More information on these investments can be found here, along with the previous press release for the Jan. 31, 2024, Test Year Letter filing.

The expected impact of these requested base rate changes will be an average annual increase of approximately 4% of the total bill during 2025 through 2027. For an average residential customer, the rate impact for just the base rate increase will be approximately $16.48 in 2025, $2.73 in 2026 and $4.93 in 2027 on a 1,000-kilowatt bill. 

Even with the requested base rate increase, the company expects overall customer bills to decrease in January 2025, compared to January 2024. The 2022 fuel under-recovery, storm restoration cost recovery and some legacy purchased power contracts will expire by year-end 2024. The removal of these costs will lower customer bills. This will be the second consecutive year Duke Energy Florida decreased its residential customer rates.

As the energy industry continues to evolve, Duke Energy Florida must anticipate changes driven by population growth, technological advancements and customer expectations.  

“The proposed investments will decrease outages and shorten restoration times for customers and communities, while reducing emissions at a reasonable cost,” said Melissa Seixas, Duke Energy Florida state president. “Duke Energy Florida remains committed to serving customers with more price stability and certainty.”

The 2025-2027 rate case filing is subject to FPSC approval. You can find more information on the rate case filing on Duke Energy’s website at duke-energy.com/FL-rates.

2024 rate reduction, continued focus on cost management

Duke Energy Florida announced its plan to file a fuel and capacity rate request due to falling natural gas cost projections, which will lower a typical residential 1,000-kWh customer bill by over $5. This is in addition to the $11.29 decrease from 2023 that began in January 2024. The filing is expected later this month. The rate change would go into effect after the FPSC approves this request. Customers could see a decrease in bills as early as June or July.

Duke Energy Florida works hard to provide the best possible price for our customers. These steps include delivering a diverse fuel mix, including solar for power generation, and managing fuel and generation resources in the most cost-effective manner for our customers.

As a result of the company’s continued commitment to solar investments, Duke Energy Florida is already passing approximately $56 million of corporate tax savings annually to customers from the Inflation Reduction Act. For residential customers, this resulted in a decrease of $1.90 per 1,000 kilowatt-hours beginning in January 2023.

Duke Energy Florida will continue to look for creative solutions to provide rate relief and focus our efforts to deliver the best possible service for our customers.

Energy efficiency filing

Duke Energy Florida also submitted its Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (FEECA) goals and proposed programs to meet those goals to the FPSC for approval. This filing proposes cost-effective programs to help conserve energy.

Duke Energy Florida plans to continue to support all of its current residential and commercial energy efficiency and demand response programs.

The company also plans to continue both of its low-income programs, Neighborhood Energy Saver and Low-Income Weatherization, as well as to offer residential and commercial energy audits.

Home Energy Check
This program provides customers with an analysis of their energy consumption as well as educational information on how to save money by reducing energy usage. The program offers a variety of options to customers for in-person home walk-throughs, phone-assisted and online audits. At the completion of the audit, Duke Energy Florida provides kits that contain energy-saving measures that can be easily installed by the customer.   

Neighborhood Energy Saver
Low-income/income-qualified customers are eligible to participate in the Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program and Neighborhood Energy Saver (NES) program. NES offers free walk-through energy assessments designed to help customers learn how their homes use energy and how to lower monthly electric bills. In addition, qualified customers receive up to 16 free energy-saving products installed at no cost, such as energy-efficient lightbulbs, water-saving showerheads and faucets.

EnergyWise® Home 
Customers can receive bill credits while helping communities reduce energy use during periods of high demand. It also provides customers with energy savings and demand reduction through installation of energy-efficient equipment.  

New Builder Construction Bundle
Duke Energy Florida is proposing a new builder construction bundle offering that would allow bundling of multifamily measures through this program. This additional offering will allow builders to install energy efficiency measures and provide them an opportunity to participate in incentives.   

The specific program changes will be determined after goals are approved by the FPSC.

Connecting customers with billing assistance 

Duke Energy Florida will also continue to offer programs and assistance options to low-income customers. This includes connecting customers with assistance agencies that administer the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Elderly Home Energy Assistance Program.  

Through the Duke Energy Foundation, the company also manages and contributes to its Share the Light Fund®, which assists customers with paying their energy bills. In 2023, we distributed more than $1 million in energy bill assistance to qualifying Florida customers.  

Duke Energy Florida

Duke Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, owns 12,300 megawatts of energy capacity, supplying electricity to 2 million residential, commercial and industrial customers across a 13,000-square-mile service area in Florida.

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of America’s largest energy holding companies. Its electric utilities serve 8.2 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and collectively own 50,000 megawatts of energy capacity. Its natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The company employs 27,600 people.

Duke Energy is executing an aggressive clean energy transition to achieve its goals of net-zero methane emissions from its natural gas business by 2030 and net-zero carbon emissions from electricity generation by 2050. The company has interim carbon emission targets of at least 50% reduction from electric generation by 2030, 50% for Scope 2 and certain Scope 3 upstream and downstream emissions by 2035, and 80% from electric generation by 2040. In addition, the company is investing in major electric grid enhancements and energy storage, and exploring zero-emission power generation technologies such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear. 

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  • The ability to implement our business strategy, including our carbon emission reduction goals;
     
  • State, federal, and foreign legislative and regulatory initiatives, including costs of compliance with existing and future environmental requirements, including those related to climate change, as well as rulings that affect cost and investment recovery or have an impact on rate structures or market prices;
     
  • The extent and timing of costs and liabilities to comply with federal and state laws, regulations and legal requirements related to coal ash remediation, including amounts for required closure of certain ash impoundments, are uncertain and difficult to estimate;
     
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  • The costs of decommissioning nuclear facilities could prove to be more extensive than amounts estimated and all costs may not be fully recoverable through the regulatory process;
     
  • The impact of extraordinary external events, such as the pandemic health event resulting from COVID-19, and their collateral consequences, including the disruption of global supply chains or the economic activity in our service territories;
     
  • Costs and effects of legal and administrative proceedings, settlements, investigations, and claims;
     
  • Industrial, commercial, and residential growth or decline in service territories or customer bases resulting from sustained downturns of the economy, reduced customer usage due to cost pressures from inflation or fuel costs, and the economic health of our service territories or variations in customer usage patterns, including energy efficiency efforts, natural gas building and appliance electrification, and use of alternative energy sources, such as self-generation and distributed generation technologies;
     
  • Federal and state regulations, laws and other efforts designed to promote and expand the use of energy efficiency measures, natural gas electrification, and distributed generation technologies, such as private solar and battery storage, in Duke Energy service territories could result in a reduced number of customers, excess generation resources, as well as stranded costs;
     
  • Advancements in technology;
     
  • Additional competition in electric and natural gas markets and continued industry consolidation;
     
  • The influence of weather and other natural phenomena on operations, including the economic, operational and other effects of severe storms, hurricanes, droughts, earthquakes, and tornadoes, including extreme weather associated with climate change;
     
  • Changing investor, customer and other stakeholder expectations and demands, including heightened emphasis on environmental, social, and governance concerns and costs related thereto;
     
  • The ability to successfully operate electric generating facilities and deliver electricity to customers, including direct or indirect effects to the Company resulting from an incident that affects the United States electric grid or generating resources;
     
  • Operational interruptions to our natural gas distribution and transmission activities;
     
  • The availability of adequate interstate pipeline transportation capacity and natural gas supply;
     
  • The impact on facilities and business from a terrorist or other attack, war, vandalism, cybersecurity threats, data security breaches, operational events, information technology failures, or other catastrophic events, such as fires, explosions, pandemic health events, or other similar occurrences;
     
  • The inherent risks associated with the operation of nuclear facilities, including environmental, health, safety, regulatory and financial risks, including the financial stability of third-party service providers;
     
  • The timing and extent of changes in commodity prices and interest rates and the ability to recover such costs through the regulatory process, where appropriate, and their impact on liquidity positions and the value of underlying assets;
     
  • The results of financing efforts, including the ability to obtain financing on favorable terms, which can be affected by various factors, including credit ratings, interest rate fluctuations, compliance with debt covenants and conditions, an individual utility’s generation mix, and general market and economic conditions;
     
  • Credit ratings of the Company and its subsidiaries may be different from what is expected;
     
  • Declines in the market prices of equity and fixed-income securities and resultant cash funding requirements for defined benefit pension plans, other post-retirement benefit plans and nuclear decommissioning trust funds;
     
  • Construction and development risks associated with the completion of the Company’s and its subsidiaries’ capital investment projects, including risks related to financing, timing and receipt of necessary regulatory approvals, obtaining and complying with terms of permits, meeting construction budgets and schedules, and satisfying operating and environmental performance standards, as well as the ability to recover costs from customers in a timely manner, or at all;
     
  • Changes in rules for regional transmission organizations, including changes in rate designs and new and evolving capacity markets, and risks related to obligations created by the default of other participants;
     
  • The ability to control operation and maintenance costs;
     
  • The level of creditworthiness of counterparties to transactions;
     
  • The ability to obtain adequate insurance at acceptable costs;
     
  • Employee workforce factors, including the potential inability to attract and retain key personnel;
     
  • The ability of subsidiaries to pay dividends or distributions to Duke Energy Corporation holding company (the Parent);
     
  • The performance of projects undertaken by our businesses and the success of efforts to invest in and develop new opportunities;
     
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  • The impacts from potential impairments of goodwill or equity method investment carrying values;
     
  • Asset or business acquisitions and dispositions, may not yield the anticipated benefits;
     
  • The actions of activist shareholders could disrupt our operations, impact our ability to execute on our business strategy, or cause fluctuations in the trading price of our common stock; and

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