Demand Fair Energy Now
As Georgians we pay some of the highest monthly energy bills in the country.
The Real Impacts on Georgians
Many communities throughout Georgia experience a high energy burden—the percentage of household income spent on energy costs.
Energy efficiency is the cleanest, cheapest resource and it can relieve energy burden by giving customers more control over their energy use and bills. It allows customers to save on monthly bills and it avoids the need for expensive, unnecessary power plants. But Georgia lags far behind other states in prioritizing efficiency.
Georgia Power has consistently supported energy decisions that maximize their profits—the result is that our electric bills are higher than they should be.
Georgians need cleaner, more affordable choices
Nobody likes to pay a high electric bill. But many families are facing the tough decision between heating their home and putting food on the table. No one should have to make that choice.
Because utilities like Georgia Power earn money on selling electricity—not saving it—too little has been done to help us increase the efficiency of our homes and businesses. That’s not fair.
Now is the time for Georgia to boost its investments in efficiency and solar programs. The cheapest energy is the energy we don’t produce. The better our homes and businesses are at saving electricity, the more money we all save. That’s a real win!
Cleaner, more affordable energy choices will protect Georgia customers, meet any increases in energy demand, and deliver dependable bill savings.
Fair Energy Now
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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?
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 ordered Georgia Power to invest more in affordable solar and energy efficiency in the utility's latest long-term energy plan.
But the PSC also recently voted to increase fixed fees on our monthly bills by $4 (with the first $2 increase in 2021 and another $2 increase in 2022), that will result less control over energy bills for Georgia Power customers.
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 are already slated to increase because of big PSC-approved rate increases in 2019, our bills will jump even more after the Vogtle project is complete.
Fair Energy Now is made possible by Georgia Interfaith Power & Light, Partnership for Southern Equity, and the Southern Environmental Law Center, advocating for clean energy and sound energy policy decision-making to ensure that the benefits and burdens are shared equally by all Georgians.