State utility regulators begin hearings Tuesday on Georgia Power’s request to increase rates by nearly $8 a month for the typical customer. All told, the increase will generate an additional $482 million for the company, which officials say is needed to offset higher costs and lower revenues from customers using less energy.
Your power bill may be lower than usual this month largely due to heavy rains in May. The Tennessee Valley Authority recalculates its wholesale rates at the beginning of every month based on fuel and purchased power costs. This July's rate is about 10 percent lower than last year.