Electric rates usually go up during the warmer months when air conditioners and fans are going full-blast, but this summer some south Georgia residents can expect to shell out more money than ever before.
When the temperatures start to soar on comes the air!
John Regan, a Thomasville electric customer, says, "When the heat rises, the bill rises. You have to keep the AC running almost 24 hours a day, so obviously the bill's going to be up there."
But some electric customers may want to reconsider their habits this summer. The Georgia Power Company has announced a 23 percent increase in the price of their summer electric rates and monthly fuel charges.
Luckily for Thomasville electric customers, Thomasville Utilities is a member of the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia.
Thomasville city officials say they're not expecting MEAG to raise their prices to compete. They say the households hit hardest by the price increase will probably be in Valdosta and other cities to the west.
Tom Berry, Thomasville city manager, says, "There are many municipal electrical systems right in and around Thomasville, Moultrie, Cairo, Camilla, but most of the other areas are the Georgia Power Company."
The two million households that use Georgia Power can probably expect about a $15 monthly increase on their bills.
Utility officials say the increase reflects the higher cost of producing electricity in the summer when additional power plants are used to meet the summer demand.