Survey ranks Snapping Shoals' residential rates second lowest in Georgia

COVINGTON — Residents who are Snapping Shoal EMC customers have lower electricity bills than most throughout the state of Georgia, according to the Georgia Public Service Commission survey.

Out of 94 electric providers in the state, Snapping Shoals ranks at the second lowest residential rates at 2,000 kilowatts per hour.

The average utility charge for using that much power is $210.17 while Snapping Shoals customers are paying $159.65.

“One constant at Snapping Shoals EMC has always been providing reliable service at the lowest cost possible to our members,” said Leigh Anne Burgess, co-op communications specialist. “This is something that Snapping Shoals EMC prides itself on. We are able to provide high quality electricity while keeping rates as low as possible with a diversified supply of energy resources as well as with a dedicated, committed workforce.”

The residential rate surveys are conducted twice a year during the summer and winter season. For the 2014 winter survey, rates in effect for January from Georgia’s EMCs were used. The survey looks at four different electricity levels: 500; 1,000 ; 1,500 and 2,000 kilowatt-hours.

Snapping Shoals ranked the fourth lowest at 1,500 kWh, seventh lowest at 1,000 kWh, and sixth lowest at 500 kWh.

Snapping Shoals EMC is a consumer-owned cooperative providing electric service to about 95,000 homes and businesses primarily in Newton, Rockdale, Henry and southern DeKalb counties.