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Solar Advocacy: Take action on minimum bills: Send a personal email to Gov. DeSantis

Stop unfair minimum bills

What is happening

Many Floridians are paying unfair minimum bills. Both Duke Energy and FPL are now charging electric ratepayers a minimum amount. This penalizes those who use less electricity or use credits from their solar energy system to reduce their electric bill by adding on additional fees to their bills to ensure they pay a minimum amount. For example, if a Duke Energy ratepayer has solar, their bill could look like this: 

+ 1000 kWh (total electric usage)
–    900 kWh (solar energy credits)
= 100 kWh * $0.1286 = $12.86
+ $12.95 customer charge
= $25.81
+ $4.19 minimum bill fee
= $30 total
+ taxes and additional fees

Why did this happen? 

The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) approved rate cases in 2021 for Duke and FPL providing for new rate structures for electric bills (though groups are appealing FPL’s rates to the Florida Supreme Court). In January 2022, Duke Energy started charging ratepayers a $30 minimum bill. In July 2022, FPL started charging ratepayers a $25 minimum bill. This unfair minimum charge applies: if you do not use enough electricity and is before taxes and fees. This is a punitive additional charge that is applied even if you are using banked solar net metering credits to lower your usage. 

What can you do? 

Send a personal message to Governor DeSantis asking him to take action.  We know that the Governor pays attention to these messages. Past messages have been filed by his office at the Public Service Commission. Instructions and a template email and tweets are below or to the right. Be cordial and gracious–your voice matters!