Alabama Power Rates Going Up

Some Alabama residents will be seeing a rate increase in their power bills this year.

Alabama Power is planning a more than six percent rate increase starting January 1st.

That's expected to boost the annual cost of electricity for a typical residential customer by 78-dollars.

The city is a member of the Alabama municipal electric authority-which has agreements with 11 member cities.

Dothan City Manager Mike West says, "The recent increase in the City of Dothan back in October was in reaction to some contract adjustments made in that contract, but the announcements being made in this current area providers of residential and commercial power in the cities in the Wiregrass have no impact on what the city of Dothan customers will pay.”

Alabama Power says they are calling for the increase to be for general operating expenses and to help pay for pollution reducing equipment.

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