Utility Officials Debate Georgia Power Rate Hike

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) -- Utility regulators are considering whether Georgia Power can raise its prices, adding about $8 to the bill of a typical residential customer.

The Public Service Commission started hearing testimony Wednesday from executives at the Southern Co. subsidiary.

In an unexpected move, Commissioner Lauren "Bubba" McDonald asked Tuesday that the case be put off for a day. McDonald said he wanted more information before deciding whether the time was right to consider a rate hike.

PSC staffers and the utility did not reach any compromises overnight, and the proceeding resumed Wednesday morning.

The elected commissioners do not plan to vote on the proposal until mid-December.

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