Published: Nov 23, 2011 3:52 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Power & Light Co.'s residential customers will pay about 23 cents more each month in 2012 for nuclear power plant upgrades.
    
That amount is for 1,000 kilowatt hours - about average monthly usage.
    
The increase results from state Public Service Commission approval on Tuesday of adding $20.8 million to FLP's rate base. Most of it is due to nuclear upgrades that became operational this year.
    
The commission previously approved an increase $1.87 in 2012 for nuclear plant upgrades and construction not yet completed.
    
The company, though, also has asked the commission to reduce its fuel charge. If that's approved, customers will get a net reduction of $1.92 a month to $94.62.
    
The Juno Beach-based utility has 4.5 million customers in South Florida and along the state's east coast.

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