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Sierra Club, Georgia Watch host public meeting on Georgia Power rate hike

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The Sierra Club and Georgia Watch hosted a public meeting on Monday, Oct. 21 to discuss Georgia Power's request for a $478 million rate hike and solar tax.

The meeting was held at the Coca-Cola Space and Science Center, at 701 Front Avenue, Columbus, GA 31901. The event started at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8 p.m.

Georgia Public Service Commissioner Chuck Eaton, representatives from Georgia Watch, Sierra Club, and Green Tea Coalition, and local elected officials were in attendance.

Utility officials say solar customers need to pay for a fair share of the costs of running the electric grid. Meanwhile, the public service commission says Georgia Power needs to show evidence that solar customers are dodging costs.

Georgia Power's requested hike would be effective Jan. 1, 2014.  The GPSC will vote on the proposed hike in December.

Learn more about the Georgia Sierra Club at this link and the Georgia Watch here. 

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