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“A judge has rejected challenges to rules pertaining to underground power line projects, which critics say could ultimately result in increased bills for Florida Power & Light Co. and other electric company customers.

The Public Counsel and the Florida Industrial Power Users, which represents big power users, had challenged a utility commission’s decision to provide less upfront detail for projects and costs than the law specifies.

In a 52-page document, Administrative Law Judge James Peterson III dismissed the Public Counsel’s arguments that the proposed rules issued by the Florida Public Service Commission don’t adequately protect consumers…

Peterson said in his final ruling that the proposed rules state that a utility can’t seek costs it already has recovered through base rates.

‘There is nothing confusing about the language used in the proposed rule — it forbids double recovery,’ Peterson wrote.”

— Marcia Heroux Pounds, South Florida Sun Sentinel

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