ATLANTA -- Residents may get a bit of a shock when they open their next Georgia Power Bill.
The company got approval from the Public Service Commission for a new rate plan that will affect customers starting January 1.
This will be the first increase that the company has implemented since December 2007.
Many residents may not even be aware of the planned increases. A Georgia Power spokesperson told 11Alive News Monday that customers were not sent notifications in the mail advising them of the changes.
The new plan will increase household bills about 10 percent, with increases of anywhere from 7 to 8.7 percent for businesses.
But what does that mean for the typical homeowner?
Customers can expect to see more than 10 dollars added to their bill each month for the new rate plan, with an additional $3.73 for a nuclear construction fee. This will amount to an average of $14.49 in additional charges each month for 2011.
With the other rate hikes added, customers will see another $4.52 tacked on in 2012, and close to another $3 each month for 2013.
These increases total an average of almost $22 more a month on power bills over the next 3 years.