OPC wants Duke to refund $54 million

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By Pat Faherty

The Florida Office of Public Counsel (OPC) wants Duke Energy to immediately credit back to customers approximately

$54 million for components that were never delivered for the Levy County nuclear plant, but were already paid for by charges on power bills.

Duke has sued Westinghouse Electric Company in federal court to recover the $54 million, which the utility would apply to rates. Duke spent the money in 2008 and 2009 for nuclear reactor parts that were never delivered, according to testimony before the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) on Monday.

“Six long years Duke customers have suffered,” said Charles Rehwinkel, deputy state public counsel, referring to the advance nuclear charges, which show up on electricity bills. “Duke finally took a step to put the doomed Levy project out of its misery. On Jan. 28 they canceled the contract.”

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