Dothan Utilities Won’t Increase Their Rate

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Alabama Power is pushing the Public Service Commission to allow a more than five percent rate increase. However, the increase will not affect City of Dothan customers.

The winter weather and colder temperatures have people turning up their heat. If you're a Dothan Utilities customer, you won’t see a rate increase next year.

Although Alabama Power is asking for the increase at the first of the year, the City of Dothan won't feel the pinch.

Dothan's wholesale rates are not regulated by the Public Service Commission.

The city has a separate contract with Alabama Power locking in rates for about 10 years.

“Even though we get our power from Alabama we won't be affected,” said Billy Mayes of Dothan Utilities.

Alabama Power is asking for a 5.29 percent increase.

It’s expected to cost an extra $5.19 monthly for the average Alabama Power retail customer using about 1,000 kilowatt hours.

A power company spokesman says the proposed increases will be considered at a Public Service Commission meeting December 12th.

Last year, the PSC approved three rate increases for utilities, including an environmental surcharge.