Gulf Power customers to see rate increase come July

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Gulf Power customers will soon see an increase in their power bills, but not by as much as previously thought.

Gulf Power had proposed a price increase just for being a Gulf Power customer from $18 a month to nearly $50 a month.

Now, after outcry from consumer groups, Gulf Power has dropped that idea and instead settled on a lower increase.

Starting in July, the average customer bill will go up about $7 a month to $151, as long as the public service commission gives its blessing to the new plan.