September 20th , 2013 10:00 am Leave a comment

Power rate increase OK’d and criticized

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Elizabethton’s City Council approved an electricity rate increase from the Tennessee Valley Authority during a special called meeting Thursday afternoon.

Photo by Brandon HicksElizabethton City Manager looks on as the City Council discusses approving a proposed electricity rate hike from the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Elizabethton City Manager looks on as the City Council discusses approving a proposed electricity rate hike from the Tennessee Valley Authority.

TVA had earlier announced that all rate classes would increase by 2.63 percent effective Oct. 1. Customers of the Elizabethton Electric Department will see an average increase of 1.5 percent of their entire electric bill.

Mayor Curt Alexander expressed his frustration with the TVA for another rate increase.

“TVA stays true to their business practice,” Alexander said. “They want you to save electricity but when you do, they penalize you by raising rates because you aren’t using enough electricity. I’ll bet you, you can mark my word, this time in a couple of weeks they will announce more bonuses for their executives. It is just unbelievable.”

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