Fla. consumer advocate asks Duke to refund $54M

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Florida's consumer advocate is asking state regulators to require Duke Energy to refund $54 million the utility collected from rate payers for a failed nuclear power plant project in Levy County.
 
The Office of Public Counsel on Wednesday filed a request with state regulators, asking them to require Duke to refund the money.
 
Duke has sued contractor Westinghouse Electric Co. for failing to complete work on the failed $24.7 billion Levy nuclear project.
 
The public counsel's request is meant to ensure that any money won by Duke in that suit goes back to customers, who paid $54 million for the project.
 
The Tampa Bay Times reports that Florida's Duke Energy customers are already paying $1.5 billion for the Levy project through electric rates, though the plant will never generate power.