Fla. regulators consider Duke nuclear costs

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - State utility regulators are considering a settlement with Duke Energy over its shuttered nuclear power plants.

The Florida Public Service Commission spent several hours Wednesday discussing the proposal. It requires customers over the next several years to keep paying for Duke Energy Florida's plant in Crystal River, as well as a proposed plant in Levy County.

A final vote could come Thursday.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based company announced earlier this year it was closing the Crystal River nuclear plant and that it was abandoning plans to build the Levy County plant.

The state's consumer advocate recommended regulators approve the settlement because it would bring stability to rates.

But Rep. Dwight Dudley showed up at the PSC meeting to blast the settlement. He said Duke Energy ratepayers were getting ripped off.

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