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Duke Energy Florida has announced plans to improve the power system to enhance reliability, security and resilience in 2019, as well as add more solar power to its grid.

These filings with the Florida Public Service Commission demonstrate how the company is delivering on its promise to provide a smarter energy future.

The company is offering more value for customers through investments in its state-of-the-art Citrus Combined Cycle Natural Gas Plant and Hamilton Solar Power Plant and grid improvements such as smart-thinking technology.

In addition to these smarter energy future investments, Duke Energy Florida also filed its annual fuel, capacity, energy conservation and environmental compliance clause rates for 2019.

Beginning January 2019, typical residential customers using 1,000 kWh will see an increase of 88 cents (less than 1%) in their monthly bill.

"Customers expect us to deliver electricity that is reliable, increasingly clean and more secure, while also providing more value and options every single day," said Catherine Stempien, Duke Energy Florida state president. "We're working to accomplish these critical goals by making investments to build a smarter energy future."

Duke Energy Florida broke ground on the Hamilton Solar Power Plant in Jasper, to promote energy efficiency efforts. The plant will service 20 000 homes at peak production.

The second unit at the utility's Citrus Combined Cycle Facility will also begin serving customers in December 2018. The first Citrus unit will begin serving customers in October 2018, making the combined cycle facility the most efficient power plant in the energy company's fleet due to its use of clean-burning natural gas and highly efficient technology.