Tampa Electric customers could see lower bills in January
By Ivan Penn, Times Staff Writer
Tampa Electric customers soon could find themselves with some extra change in their pockets.
The utility announced in its filing Tuesday with the state Public Service Commission that the fuel portion on customer bills will be lower beginning in January 2010.
The drop in charges resulted from lower costs to the company for fuel and purchased power during the first six months of this year. TECO also projects the costs for fuel and purchased power will remain lower for the rest of the year and 2010.
If the proposed change is approved by the PSC, customers using 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each month will see an overall decrease — after the base rate hike approved in March — of $1.46 or a total bill of $113.21.
Commercial and industrial customers will see reductions of about 3 percent on their bills.