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Yannel Ortiz

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What are the taxes and fees on my electric bill?

By Yannel Ortiz

Asked on: January 24, 2012 by Peter W., Port Orange

I don’t know what any of these taxes and fees are on my bill.  If you could explain them to me, I would appreciate it…

I’m glad you brought this up. I know a lot of FPL customers wonder about these charges, and we want them to be as transparent as possible. Your electric bill may include three different taxes, paid to the state or local governments: a gross receipts tax, utility tax and franchise fee. These taxes vary by area, with amounts not established by FPL. FPL is required to collect these fees and taxes for distribution to the appropriate entities and does not profit from them.

Gross receipts tax: A tax on a customer’s electric bill that is paid to the State of Florida. Franchise fee: Fee to a municipality or county government for the right to install equipment such as poles and transformers on their property. Utility/municipal tax: Tax levied by a municipality on a customer's electricity usage.

Your electric bill also includes the following components, all of which are regulated by Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC):

Fuel charge: The cost of fuel required to provide each kilowatt-hour of electricity. FPL makes no profit on fuel costs, which are reviewed and approved by the PSC and adjusted at least once a year. Non-fuel charge: The expense, other than fuel, for making electricity and distributing it; for programs designed to reduce electric demand and consumption; for meeting environmental laws and regulations; and purchasing electricity from other generating sources. Customer charge: A fixed monthly amount to cover the cost of providing service to your location. This charge includes the cost of the meter, billing and providing customer service. It is applicable whether or not electricity is used. Storm charge: Used to repay the bonds and taxes issued during the 2004 and 2005 hurricane restoration efforts and partially replenish a fund for future storms.

To view an interactive explanation of the components of your electric bill, visit www.FPL.com/bill. You may have heard about our intent to file a change to our base electricity rate. To learn more, visit www.FPL.com/answers.

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Comments [14]

  1. RODRIGUEZ ACCOUNTING INC

    Why we can't schedule a payment for a Commercial Account for a future day online KNOW ? Why this change on this Bill ?

  2. Francis P. Ruffing

    on my electric bill their is a pa. sales tax and a gross receipt tax can pa. ever get enough tax money if they took 100% of your pay do you think they would get enough tax money.

  3. gina

    Are nonfuel charges higher than fuel charges normally?

  4. Davone

    Well now i know why i was seeing those extra bills. Thanks

  5. ftth construction

    I really do not mind on asking what these taxes and other fees that the electric is charging to us. But I think it would be better to ask these instead and understand more of it and to ask ourselves if this is still advisable for them to charge its consumers.

  6. pressure washing woodstock

    This would be very important in knowing what all those taxes, power charges that the electric companies are billing us. Sometimes we really do not see this that they are over charging its consumers.

  7. Cheryl Krause

    Most people don't realize that most capital funds for education come from the gross receipts tax. This is what funds the PECO (public education capital outlay)account. This money goes to K-12, state colleges, community colleges and universities. If that isn't the craziest method of funding school buildings.....I don't know what is.

  8. LM

    jb, you might want to read the breakdown again. Most of those fees are determined by our wonderful elected politicians. And are the real reason that we in the middle class are being squeezed. For every person that gets a "handout" from the government (free cell phones etc.) there is an increased fee/tax levied to pay for it....watch it continue to get worse - "takers" now get more from the local, state and federal government than do the "givers" - in other words - when 47% of Americans pay no federal income tax and get many other services for "free" - all of these taxes squeezing us are going to continue to rise.

  9. jb

    HI! THE WAY I SEE IT HOW THE CONSUMER IS RIPPED OFF BY THE PARASITE MAFIA TO ENJOY THEMSELVES FOR LIFE IS UNACCEPTABLE... FPL SHOULD NOT HAVE THESE PARASITES TO FEED FOR EVER AT THE COST OF THE CONSUMERS! RIDICULOUS! AS LONG AS THE CONSUMERS DO NOT COMPLAIN ABOUT THE UNFAIR TAXES AND SURCHARGES THEY WILL BE PAYING MORE THAN THEY SHOULD... FPL, STOP LOOKING FOR THE WAYS TO HAVE YOUR CUSTOMERS PAY FOR YOUR PLANS/DEMANDS...

  10. Chris

    Just to disclose, I am not an employee of FP&L, but I must say the above statement is ridiculous. These costs are broken down so that there is more transparency - much like a receipt vs. paying just the total at a supermarket. FYI, when you buy a bus ticket for $2.50, you're assuming the $2.50 is just going for your ride to wherever you are going. That $2.50 could be broken down into $1.50 for fuel, $0.25 for driver pay, $0.25 for insurance (in case of a storm), $0.25 for maintenance costs, $0.25 for administrative. They just don't break it down like that, they just say pay $2.50 for the ride. FP&L is probably obligated to break down your bill like that by law.

  11. BILL

    If I use the bus to get to work ,i do not pay for the bus or any repairs,tires,cleaning ,future repairs from a storm and the bus if it must be replace. All I pay for is the ride to work. Why don't we all give you our bank account numbers you can take all you want. It is not only f.p.l its is bell south and others.

  12. Bernie Rawdan

    With all the fees and taxes, my small electric usage (72 KWH) doubles. Just at 17 cents per KWH.

  13. Darcy lafountain

    We had a power outage that was due to equipment failure of FPL. They accept no responsibility for food ruined in the oven! So much for customer relations and corporate accountability.

  14. Bill

    If I use the bus to get to work ,i do not pay for any repairs to the bus ,tires,cleaning ,future repairs from a storm and the bus if it must be replace. All I pay for is the ride to work. Why don't we all give you our bank account numbers you can take all you want. It is not only f.p.l its is bell south and others.

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