In Tallahassee, Florida, 117,000 retail electric and natural gas customers will see rate relief on October 1, according to a report by the local Tallahassee Democrat.
Deputy City Manager Reese Goad told the news outlet that customers of the municipal utility – the fourth-largest in the Sunshine State – will see a 2.3 percent drop in electric costs and a 2.5 percent decrease in natural gas expenses.
The reason? Goad said that both changes could be attributed to declining natural gas prices. He credits city decision makers for sticking with natural gas fuel and choosing to use efficient equipment.
Tallahassee City Electric — which continues to face scrutiny for the 100,000 customers who experienced power outages after Hurricane Hermine made landfall in Tallahassee and Talquin, Florida earlier this month— has seen its electricity prices drop steadily over the years as a result of natural gas use, the utility said. A household using 1,000-kilowatt hours (kWh) today pays $108.20 per month compared to $157.80 in 2008.
“(Our prices) are going in a good direction and we feel really good about that,” Goad told the Tallahassee Democrat. “These things, they take a lot of forethought and leadership.”
Meanwhile, customers of the nearby not-for-profit Talquin Electric Cooperative saw a slight uptick in their rates at the beginning of the month.