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La aprobación de la PSC del acuerdo tarifario implica que las cuentas típicas de los clientes de FPL bajarán levemente en enero y aumentarán menos de $1 en junio del 2013

Dec 17, 2012

JUNO BEACH, Fla. – Después de un proceso exhaustivo de casi un año de duración, la Comisión de Servicios Públicos de la Florida (Florida Public Service Commission, PSC) aprobó hoy un acuerdo de resolución de revisión de la tarifa básica que fue diseñado para ayudar a Florida Power & Light Company a continuar suministrando a los clientes una fiabilidad excepcional, un servicio al cliente galardonado y las cuentas de electricidad más bajas en el estado por lo menos durante cuatro años más.

Se prevé que la cuenta residencial típica de FPL, que actualmente está aproximadamente un 26 por ciento por debajo del promedio nacional, continúe siendo la más baja de la Florida basándose en las tarifas actuales de 55 empresas de energía eléctrica en la Florida.

El acuerdo de resolución incluye un aumento de la tarifa básica general que será implementado conjuntamente con otros ajustes de tarifa anuales, incluyendo una reducción significativa en el cargo por combustible al cliente. El resultado neto será una reducción neta pequeña de las cuentas típicas de los clientes residenciales de FPL en enero del 2013.

Además, el acuerdo estipula aumentos de la tarifa básica que abarcan el capital y los costos operativos de nuevas plantas eléctricas de consumo eficiente de combustible en Cape Cañaveral, Riviera Beach y Port Everglades cuando entren en servicio, lo cual está previsto para el 2013, el 2014 y el 2016, respectivamente. Al mismo tiempo que estas nuevas plantas entran en servicio, las reducciones en el porcentaje de combustible de las cuentas del cliente compensarán significativamente los aumentos de la tarifa básica. Combinadas, está previsto que las nuevas plantas de electricidad más eficientes ahorren a los clientes más de $1,000 millones en combustible y otros costos por encima del costo de construcción.

Cuando la Central de energía limpia de última generación de FPL en Cape Cañaveral entre en servicio, lo cual está previsto para junio del 2013, se prevé un aumento neto en una cuenta típica de cliente residencial inferior a $1 por mes, o 3 centavos por día, lo que implica un cambio de aproximadamente el 1 por ciento en comparación con las tarifas del 2012.

La mayoría de los clientes comerciales típicos de FPL verán que sus cuentas de electricidad se mantienen esencialmente iguales o se reducen en enero, y que se mantienen iguales o se reducen aproximadamente un 3 por ciento en junio del 2013.

“Al ayudarnos a mantener cuentas bajas y una fiabilidad alta, este acuerdo tarifario de cuatro años es un triunfo para todos nuestros clientes ahora y en los años venideros”, dijo Eric Silagy, Presidente de FPL. “Es un paso importante hacia adelante para la economía de la Florida y el futuro energético que no hubiese sido posible sin el arduo trabajo de los grupos clave que abogan por el cliente y, en última instancia, el aval de las agencias reguladoras.”

La PSC aprobó una versión modificada de un acuerdo de resolución que había sido desarrollado por medio de negociaciones exhaustivas entre FPL, Florida Industrial Power Users Group (FIPUG), South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Association (SFHHA), y Federal Executive Agencies (FEA). Estos grupos abarcan a grandes clientes comerciales y gubernamentales que dan empleo a cientos de miles de habitantes de la Florida y representan a las clases tarifarias de clientes que consumen aproximadamente la mitad de toda la electricidad producida por FPL.

Modificaciones clave al acuerdo original propuesto en agosto:

·         Reducción del punto medio de rendimiento permitido de las acciones (ROE) del 10.70 por ciento al 10.50 por ciento

·         Reducción de la tarifa por pago atrasado de $6 a $5

·         Reducción del aumento en los ingresos de enero del 2013 de $378 millones a $350 millones

o        De la reducción de $28 millones en el aumento de los ingresos de enero del 2013, $18 millones reducen directamente el impacto a los clientes residenciales y $10 millones reducen el impacto tanto a clientes residenciales como comerciales.

Excepto según se contempla dentro del acuerdo, los clientes de FPL no verán aumentos adicionales en la tarifa básica hasta el 2016, siempre que las ganancias de la compañía se mantengan dentro del rango permitido.

 

Cuenta del cliente residencial típica de FPL

Residencial 1,000-kWh

Enero del 2012

Enero del 2013

Tarifa básica

$43.26

$47.02

Combustible y otros cargos

$51.36

$47.23

CUENTA TOTAL

$94.62

$94.25

Cambio neto de la cuenta de enero del 2012 versus enero del 2013:

Reducción de $0.37/mes

“Combustible y otros cargos” refleja las tarifas aprobadas para el 2013 correspondientes a las cláusulas de combustible, capacidad, medioambiente y conservación, la recuperación de costos de las actualizaciones nucleares completadas en el 2012 y de West County Energy Center 3, el cargo por tormentas y el impuesto estatal por ingresos brutos. Todas las tarifas están sujetas a cambios.

 

Para obtener más información, los clientes pueden visitar www.FPL.com/respuestas.

 

Florida Power & Light Company

Florida Power & Light Company es la empresa de energía eléctrica más grande de la Florida y una de las empresas de energía eléctrica con tarifa regulada más grandes de los Estados Unidos. Esta empresa brinda servicio a aproximadamente 4.6 millones de clientes, y es uno de los empleadores líderes de la Florida, con alrededor de 10,000 empleados. La compañía supera de manera consistente los promedios nacionales de fiabilidad del servicio y, de acuerdo con datos disponibles en diciembre del 2011, las cuentas de los clientes residenciales típicos son aproximadamente 25 por ciento más bajas que el promedio nacional. Florida Power & Light Company es un líder en energía limpia y tiene uno de los perfiles de emisión más bajos registrados y uno de los programas más importantes de eficiencia energética entre las empresas de energía eléctrica de todo el país. FPL es una subsidiaria de NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NEE), con su sede en Juno Beach, Florida. Para ver más información, visite www.FPL.com.

 

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