TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Public Counsel J.R. Kelly is asking the state Supreme Court to stop regulators from considering a proposed rate settlement offered by Florida Power & Light Co.
Kelly asked the justices on Wednesday to use a rarely invoked constitutional power to prevent the Public Service Commission from approving FPL agreement with three groups representing industrial power users, federal agencies and South Florida hospitals.
Kelly says it's a bad deal for most of FPL customers. The commission has never before approved a settlement opposed by the public counsel's office.
An FPL spokesman said the utility believes the commission is within its legal authority to consider the settlement proposal.
FPL is the state's largest utility with 4.6 million customers in South Florida and on the state's east coast.