Tampa, Florida -- Tampa Electric customers could see slightly higher bills beginning in January, primarily due to an annual adjustment to reflect the prices of fuel and other factors.
The company today filed projected costs for fuel and other clauses with the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC). If the PSC approves the requests as filed, a residential customer's monthly bill would rise by about 1 percent. This means an average electric bill of $103.85 would rise by $1.27.
The fuel and other cost adjustments would be in addition to Tampa Electric's requested base rate increase, which is pending before the PSC. Tampa Electric is seeking an increase of $10.41 a month - or 35 cents a day - for the average residential customer due to rising costs and sluggish growth.
The PSC is expected to vote on the fuel, conservation and environmental cost adjustments after a hearing scheduled to begin Nov. 4.
Even if both requests are approved as filed, Tampa Electric residential customers' bills would remain about 5 percent below the national average.