Published: Sep 08, 2010 3:46 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 08, 2010 12:47 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Utility regulators have approved nuclear plant recovery fee of 33 cents for Florida Power & Light Co.

That's how much customers using 1,000 kilowatt hours per month, which is about average, will pay. It's 34 cents less than now being charged.

The Public Service Commission on Tuesday voted 3-2 to approve the new rate effective in January.

It totals $31 million and is subject to possible refund. The commission will hold hearings next year to determine if the fee, which pays for building new nuclear facilities, was prudent and reasonable.

Chairwoman Nancy Argenziano and Commissioner Nathan Skop dissented.

Their terms expire at year's end, and a nominating panel has refused to consider them for reappointment.