nathan_skop_web.jpgTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The Public Service Commission has postponed major decisions affecting Florida's two largest power companies.

The panel deferred action Tuesday because a court has not yet ruled on Florida Power & Light Co.'s request to bar Commissioner Nathan Skop from voting in cases affecting the utility. FPL contends Skop is biased.

The items delayed include a staff recommendation for FPL to set aside $400 million for possible refunds due to excess profits.

Also postponed were votes on agreeing with FPL to freeze base rates through 2012 and letting Progress Energy Florida keep charging customers for building a proposed nuclear power plant in Levy County.

The Progress item is part of a case also including FPL nuclear costs.