fpl.jpgTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Florida regulators are hearing arguments on how much customers should pay for a nuclear power plant that may never be built.

Tuesday's Public Service Commission hearing focuses on Progress Energy Florida's proposed nuclear plant in Levy County.

The panel in October will decide on charges by Progress and Florida Power & Light Co. for costs related to future and upgraded reactors.

The hearing began last week with the focus on FPL.

It now shifts to Progress. The state's Office of Public Counsel contends the Levy plant won't open until 2027 _ if at all.

The current nuclear recovery fee for Progress is $5.53 for 1,000 kilowatt hours, which is about average monthly consumption.

The company has proposed cutting it by 87 cents. The public counsel wants a bigger reduction.