Power Prices to Increase in Dothan

By: Deborah Tuff Email
By: Deborah Tuff Email

Eleven Alabama cities buy power from the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority or AMEA.

The AMEA purchases power from coal plants, many of those plants pollute the air.

So, following federal guidelines concerning clean air, the plants must clean up their act.

It cost money to do that, creating a trickling effect of a 6.75 percent power rate increase, and the city of Dothan is one of 11 that are going to have to pay up.

"If we want cleaner air we need money to do that. In this particular case the money comes from somewhere because the supplier of electricity to the AMEA is going to pass that rate increase along to the AMEA cities," says City Manager Mike West.

Two years ago, Dothan residents saw a four percent increase on their utility rates because of a peak in demand.

Right now, city officials are looking to see if or when Dothan Utility customers will see yet another hike on their monthly bill.

"Hopefully in the next few weeks we'll be coming forward with a report on how it's going to impact the citizens," concludes West.

And, if it does in fact, impact the citizens, you probably won't see the increase until later on this year.

City commissioners will have to vote before any increases take place.

The AMEA will begin charging the city more money on October 1st.

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  • by not a happy resident Location: Dothan Al on Jul 26, 2007 at 12:48 PM
    I'd like to first comment on the ridiculous garbage pick up schedule. I find it extremely interesting that on one hand, we are possibly facing yet another price hike in order to provide cleaner air but in the very recent past, we (Dothan city residents) have had trash collection rules dictated to the other extreme end of the spectrum..(ie--the average family of four produces well over 1 garbage can full of food trash and then it sits out in our 100 degree weather growing all kinds of bacteria, bugs, etc....I am one of the few that have purchased a second trash can and when I have company, I have to locate a dumpster to stay within the two can limit. Freaking ridiculous and how does the health department feel about that completely unsanitary situation. Now, to the utility expense issue. I have called on numerous occassions and inquired about the infamous "fuel adjustment factor" that varies spiratically and drastically from month to month. I have never received a decent , intelligent, explanation about that. I have also requested proof of how the fuel adjustment factor is derived. Oddly enough, the very next month after I make a phone call, my fuel adjustment factor amount is decreased considerably. Could be coincidental, probably not. I have no problem paying additional expenses when proof can be easily attained and I also have no objections to paying for the new trash cans. The nastiness produced by picking up 7-days worth of food garbage only once a week is not okay with me. Why the limit on purchasing additional trashcans? Perhaps the additional expense the City of Dothan may be facing with the hike in electricity costs could be subsidized by the additional revenue brought in with the additional sale of more than two trash cans for any households who wish to purchase additional trash receptacles????? Now--that makes sense, don't you think?
  • by Anonymous on Jul 26, 2007 at 07:46 AM
    prices are steady going up but pay raises are not. it's hard to make it when your a single parent,and can't get any help cause they say you make too much money when they don't even know your bills.
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