The cost for that project has soared to $24 billion in recent years and the date for completion has been pushed back to 2024.
If plans for those reactors eventually are scrapped, then customers will be out hundreds of millions of dollars for those, too.
Crystal River's demise may just be the beginning.
"It's a sad day," said Public Counsel J.R. Kelly, who represents customers in front of the Public Service Commission, which oversees utilities. "This is an example of where the law certainly doesn't work in favor of the ratepayer."
You might ask if the law has any value for customers at all. And, despite its flaws, it does.
The idea behind Nuclear Cost Recovery in the first place was to make sure Florida isn't dependent on just one power source, like natural gas.
Right now Florida generates about 60 percent of its power from natural gas and nobody complains because it's plentiful and cheap.
But the price of natural gas could shoot up in the future. And nuclear, while incredibly expensive to build, offers relatively green energy at a low cost once the plant is up and running.
There's nothing wrong with making sure Florida generates power from a variety of fuel sources.
But customers shouldn't shoulder all the risk.
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