By Walter C. Jones
ATLANTA 12/2/13 â€” Georgia Power agreed last month to settle for a smaller rate hike than it had wanted, an agreement that won endorsement by nearly a dozen consumer, environmental and business advocacy groups, but one organization is fighting it.
The retiree-advocacy AARP is airing radio and online commercials and pushing a petition to urge the five members of the Public Service Commission to nix the agreement negotiated by its public-interest staff that slices the rate hike almost in half. Monday, the 1-million-member group reported collecting almost 3,000 signatures.
Its advertisement on WSB-AM in Atlanta points people to a website action.aarp.org/GAutilities where they can voice their opposition to the rate hike still part of the agreement as well as the reduced profit target. Georgia Power is accepting a reduction from 11.15 percent to 10.95, but the ad says thatâ€™s higher than the national average for other regulated monopoly utilities.
â€śIn these tough economic times, Georgia families deserve to keep more of their hard-earned money in their pockets – by paying Georgia Power whatâ€™s fair and reasonable, and not a dime more,â€ť said AARP spokesman Ed Van Herik.
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