Georgia Power asking to raise rates

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

ATLANTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Georgia Power asked the Georgia Public Service Commission for permission to increase its base rates approximately $482 million, or 6.1 percent.

The request is being made to allow the company to recover the costs of recent and future investments -- including environmental controls, transmission and distribution, generation and smart grid technologies -- required in order to maintain high levels of reliability and superior customer service.

If the request is approved, the typical residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month would see an increase of about 6.7 percent, or $7.84, according to the release.

The proposed change in rates would be effective Jan. 1, 2014.

"We're committed to delivering value to our customers in the form of clean, safe, reliable electricity at rates below the national average, and we're committed to being a partner that our customers can depend on day-in, day-out," said Paul Bowers, president and CEO of Georgia Power in a news release. "We will continue to invest what is required to deliver the world-class value our customers deserve and expect and to serve Georgia's current and future energy needs."

Georgia Power consistently offers rates that are below the national average, according to the release. Over the past 26 years, the company's total retail rate has averaged more than 13 percent below the national average.

Since 1990, its base price has increased by 23 percent, compared to a 76 percent increase for general inflation, according to the release. In fact, the company's total retail rate, which includes base rate and fuel costs, has lagged the rate of inflation for the same time period.

The PSC will hold public hearings in October and November 2013. A final decision is expected Dec. 17, 2013.

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