By Chris Wack
Southern Co.'s Georgia Power said Tuesday it is offering a special payment plan to help customers with past-due account balances accumulated during the coronavirus pandemic.
The power company said customers who enroll will be able to pay past-due balances over a six-month timeframe between October 2020 and March 2021 with no late fees.
Georgia Power said the suspension of disconnections has also been extended until July 15 to continue assisting customers through the impacts of Covid-19.
In addition to the special payment plan, Georgia Power is offering its PrePay customers the ability to make payments for current energy usage and have a portion of their payments go toward their outstanding balance. No late fees will be charged if outstanding balances are paid before April 2021. For customers not enrolled in PrePay, Georgia Power customers with past-due account balances may be eligible to switch to the PrePay-rate plan. Customers can sign up by July 15 with no deposit to take advantage of its special provision for paying outstanding balances with no late fees if paid before April 2021.
The Public Service Commission also recently approved Georgia Power's plan to reduce its fuel rates by 17.2% and total billings by $740 million over a two-year period. The implementation of a special interim reduction will provide customers additional relief during the pandemic through even lower fuel rates over the upcoming summer months. The lower fuel rate and special interim reduction will lower the total bill of a typical residential customer using an average of 1,000 kilowatt-hours by a total of $10.26 a month from June through September 2020.
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