An unnamed person or group sent another complaint to Florida Power & Light late last week alleging the company provided incorrect information to regulators and others.
The letter says it was written by a group of FPL employees that sent three others in 2010 with similar concerns. Those letters were evaluated by FPL and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Neither found wrong-doing. FDLE said it just focused on criminal issues and recommended other agencies look into ethical concerns.
FPL said in a statement that there’s no way of knowing if the letter really came from an employee group and it evaluates every complaint sent to the company through its audit committee, board or employee concerns hot line. But the company said it needs evidence to launch an investigation: “The unsubstantiated claims and allegations made in this latest anonymous letter will be treated as unfounded and not addressed until such time as substantive proof is offered to back up the irresponsible claims."
FPL leaders responded to the complaint in a letter to employees the next day.
The complaint blames the state Public Service Commission and Office of Public Counsel, the state's utility customer advocate for weak oversight. Officials from the two state offices said they're reviewing the allegations before deciding what to do.
The letter alleges:
FPL has internal monthly reports on operating performance that can show regulators and investigators that FPL sent incorrect information to regulators;
Some FPL employees destroyed documents or claimed they're confidential to avoid disclosing them;
FPL lowered projected fuel costs recently in part to minimize the impact of its planned base rate hike request next year; and
Regulators and consumer advocates aren't doing enough to obtain and disclose information the utility considers confidential.
The letter says the employees don't want to disclose their names because they don't want to be reprimanded for criticizing their employer.