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Georgia Power to increase electricity bill rate

Regulators and Georgia Power Co. have agreed on a plan to boost electricity bills by 12% in June to cover the higher costs of fuel.

The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. filed new figures Monday, saying it needs to collect an additional $6.6 billion from customers over the next three years.

The figures are part of an agreement the utility reached with Georgia Public Service Commission staff earlier this month. Because of declining natural gas price forecasts, that’s actually $1.1 billion less than Georgia Power had earlier projected. But it will boost a typical residential bill to nearly $148 a month, up about $16.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!