OUC board OKs a 10% fuel rate hike for customers

OUC blames rise in natural gas prices for rate hike

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ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Utilities Commission voted Tuesday on a fuel rate increase of 10%.

OUC said the increase is because of the rise in natural gas prices, with inflation and the war in Ukraine affecting the global fuel supply.

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The rate hike would amount to $10 to $15 more per month on customer bills. OUC serves more than 267,000 customers in Orange and Osceola counties.

The agency called the rate hike a “pass-through cost.” A spokesperson for OUC said when fuel costs decrease, those savings will also be passed on to customers.

Non-fuel charges will stay the same.

The fuel rate hike goes into effect on June 1.

Because OUC is a municipal utility, it does not need to get the rate hike approved by the Florida Public Service Commission.

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