Public Asks Georgia Panel to Block Power Price Hike

By: AP
By: AP

Atlanta, Georgia (AP) --

Senior citizens and other critics are asking Georgia's utility regulators to block a power company's proposal to raise electricity bills.

Betty Buckner told the Public Service Commission during a
hearing Monday that she can barely afford her $150 monthly
electricity bill now. The 73-year-old retiree said she lives on
roughly $600 a month.

She was part of a crowd that packed the utility board's office
Monday to oppose Georgia Power's plan to raise rates. If approved,
the new prices would take effect in January for the company's 2.4
million customers.

Georgia Power CEO Michael Garrett acknowledged the price hike
comes during a bad economy. But he said it's necessary to maintain
infrastructure and maintain an adequate power supply for a growing

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