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Duke seeks reduction of May light bills

Special to the Times
The Apalach Times

Duke Energy Florida today filed a plan to significantly reduce customers’ bills for the May 2020 billing cycle, providing much-needed relief to customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To help residential and business customers now, the company is requesting approval from the Florida Public Service Commission to offer immediate assistance during this crisis by giving the annual fuel savings in a single bill.

Traditionally, these fuel savings would be refunded over the following year.

“We understand that during the COVID-19 pandemic many of our residential and business customers are facing financial challenges,” said Catherine Stempien, Duke Energy Florida state president. “During these unprecedented times, we want to find creative solutions to provide relief and continue to work hard to deliver the best possible price for our customers.”

If approved, a typical residential customer will see a decrease of nearly 21 percent on May’s bill.

Commercial and industrial customers will see significant savings ranging from approximately 20 to 45% percent

Individual electric bills vary greatly and depend on the amount of electricity used.

In March, Duke Energy announced it will not disconnect any customer’s service for nonpayment, in order to give customers experiencing financial hardship extra time to make payments. The company will continue to read meters and send bills.

The company is also waiving late payment fees and fees for returned payments for its millions of electric and natural gas customers across its service territories beginning March 21, until the national state of emergency is lifted.

For residential customers, the company is also waiving fees for credit and debit card payments.

Customers should pay what they can to avoid building up a large balance that will be harder to pay off later.

Customers can also seek assistance through the Energy Neighbor Fund.

Additionally, customers with smart meters can log onto or the Duke Energy app to closely monitor energy usage and make adjustments.

For information on what Duke Energy is doing to assist customers and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit