Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Georgia Power not notifying customers about upcoming rate hike

Posted By on Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Georgia Power customers' utility bills will be significantly higher this month, with the average ratepayer being asked to fork over more than $14 extra every month. Next year that additional amount will increase by a few bucks. Come 2013, the average monthly bill will be roughly $22 more than it was last year. And Georgia Power CEO W. Paul Bowers, in an interview with the Associated Press, can't promise his company won't seek another increase before 2014.

The company hasn't done too stellar a job of informing customers about the upcoming price shock. A Georgia Power spokesman on Monday told 11Alive that "customers were not sent notifications in the mail advising them of the changes." (H/T to MyGreenAtl)

(Meanwhile, has anyone else recently noticed Georgia Power's TV commercials promoting Project SHARE, the Dr. Julius Erving-approved program that allows customers to donate a certain amount, which the utility matches, to charity?)

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