PSC: Snapping Shoals rates among lowest

COVINGTON -- Snapping Shoals EMC has the second lowest residential winter rates for 2,000 kilowatt hours of usage among 94 providers according to a new survey by the Georgia Public Service Commission.

PSC residential rate surveys are done twice a year during the summer and winter. For the winter 2013 survey, residential rates in effect for the month of January from Georgia's EMCs, government-owned utilities and Georgia Power are utilized.

The survey looks at four different electricity levels: 500, 1,000, 1,500 and 2,000 kilowatt hours. A kilowatt hour is the unit used to determine the amount of electric power consumed. One kilowatt-hour is the electric power required to run one 100-watt light bulb for 10 hours.

Among the 94 providers surveyed, the average utility charges $204.65 for 2,000 kilowatt hours, while Snapping Shoals charges $159.52. The city of Covington charges $187.19 and Georgia Power charges $192.20.

Snapping Shoals had the fourth lowest rate at 1,500 kWh, at $127.39; the seventh lowest at 1,000 kWh at $95.26; and the eighth lowest at 500 kWh, at $53.88.

Average rates for the 500 kWh level were $62.92. The city of Covington had the ninth lowest rate among providers at $54.01; Georgia Power had the 32nd lowest rate at $59.70.

Both the city of Covington and Georgia Power were also under the average rate of $111.61 for 1,000 kWh; Covington's rate is $104.51 and Georgia Power's is $105.14. For the 1,500 kWh rate, the average among providers is $158.20; the city of Covington's rate is $145.86, while Georgia Power's rate is $148.67.Snapping Shoals EMC is a non-profit, consumer-owned cooperative headquartered in Covington. The EMC provides electric service to about 95,000 residential, commercial and industrial consumers in an eight-county area covering parts of Rockdale, Henry, Newton, DeKalb, Butts, Walton, Jasper and Morgan counties.For more information about the survey, visit www.psc.state.ga.us.