Georgia Power wants to pass on fuel savings to customers

ATLANTA — Georgia Power customers’ monthly bills won’t rise as much next year because the company is saving enough on fuel to nearly offset the increases, the utility announced Thursday.

The company filed a request with the Public Service Commission to pass on fuel savings amounting to 7 percent for a total of $122 million. That comes to about $1.82 for the average residential customer each month, almost offsetting three previously scheduled increases that take effect at the same time.

The three increases are due to construction of two reactors at Plant Vogtle, an energy-conservation program and the conversion of a power plant in Atlanta from coal to natural gas.

Taking the fuel savings and the scheduled increases together would leave the typical residential customer with a 44-cent increase in monthly bills, according to the company’s estimate.

The fuel component in power bills dropped 19 percent in June.

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