Demand Fair Energy Now
As Georgians we pay some of the highest monthly energy bills in the country.
Georgia is the 4th most energy-expensive state nationwide.
Georgians pay $344 per month on average for total energy costs.
The Real Impacts on Georgians
Our bills are already too high and now Georgia Power wants to hike up a mandatory monthly fee by nearly double, from the current $10/month to $17.95/month.
This fee, hidden on most customers’ bills, is charged no matter how much or how little energy we use—we would owe more than $215 per year in mandatory fees before even flipping on a light switch!
If approved, this proposal would become one of the highest mandatory monthly fees of investor-owned utilities around the country and would:
• Reduce customers’ ability to control their bills.
• Disproportionately hurt seniors on fixed incomes, working families on tight monthly budgets, and renters in apartment buildings who often use the least energy and are least able to afford higher bills.
• Discourage customers from investing in energy conservation measures and solar energy.
Tell the PSC: Reject Georgia Power’s proposed fee hike today
Georgia Power is seeking approval from the Public Service Commission to recover even more money from customers on bills and nearly double mandatory fixed fees, from the current $10/month to $17.95/month.
Customers earning a fixed or lower-income suffer the most from high electric bills, and Georgia Power’s proposed fee hike would make that burden even greater.
Your letter will carry even more weight if you customize it to add your own perspective on why this issue matters to you. Please add details about where you live in Georgia and how higher monthly energy bills resulting from the fee hike would impact you, your family, community, church, etc.
Who’s in charge of our bills?
If you are a Georgia Power customer, the Public Service Commission (PSC).
What does the PSC do?
The PSC sets the electric rates for millions of homes and businesses, and regulates utilities like Georgia Power.
Why does the PSC matter?
These five people are elected statewide to represent all parties in the energy decision-making process.
What can I do to make my voice heard?
The PSC approves Georgia Power’s plans for meeting our future energy needs and has the power to make the utility do more to help its customers. The PSC was clearly listening to Georgians when it recently ordered Georgia Power to invest more in affordable solar and energy efficiency.
But with Georgia Power’s attempt to increase mandatory fees on our monthly bills, our voices are more important than ever—the PSC will be considering these unfair fees over the next few months.
The PSC hears from Georgia Power and other special interests. A lot. It's time to hear from you!
Lessons Learned: Costly Consequences of Plant Vogtle
The costly Vogtle nuclear expansion project is a prime example of how current-day energy investments can create significant bill impacts that last for decades. Already the most expensive energy project in state history, two under-construction nuclear units are still years away from completion and billions over budget. While Georgians’ bills will go up if Georgia Power’s proposal is approved, our bills will only rise more after the Vogtle project is complete.
Amount of electricity the Vogtle expansion has produced.
Amount the average GA Power customer pays for Vogtle every year.
Amount GA Power has already collected from customers, most of which is profit.
Total profit GA Power will earn on this project.