December 18, 2019–8:06 a.m.
Georgia Power customers will see their power pills going up in the New Year.
On Tuesday, the Georgia Public Service Commission approved a rate hike for the utility.
Georgia Power spokesman John Kraft, quoted by the Associated Press, said a residential customer who uses 1,000-kilowatt hours of power a month will see bills rise by $5.89 a month beginning Jan. 1.
That will be followed by an increase of roughly half that size in 2021 and a larger increase in 2022.
The company says it needs the money to cover rising costs, including disposing of coal ash now held near coal-fired power plants, as well as rebuilding following last year’s Hurricane Michael.