Area Utility Wants Rate Hike

Gulf power customers will soon be paying more for electricity.

Gulf Power is planning to ask the Florida Public Service Commission for a rate hike for residential customers. The average bill will go up almost 3-dollars a month.

Gulf Power officials say they need the increase to help pay for the 141-million dollars in repairs from Hurricane Ivan damage. They're only asking to collect the extra money for 2-years.

The public service commission will most likely grant the rate hike. The group's attorney has already given his blessing to the request.

If approved gulf power's average residential customer will pay about 88-dollars a month for one thousand kilowatt hours of electricity.