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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the environmental compliance cost?

Environmental Compliance Cost Recovery or ECCR is part of each rate designed to recover costs associated with the environmental controls mandated by state and federal regulations. This tariff was put in place on January 1, 2008, and is a percentage of the customer's bill.

What is the franchise fee?

A "pass through" charge, meaning Georgia Power Company earns no profit, to collect money owed to cities across the state of Georgia for allowing Georgia Power Company to conduct business within the city limits and on the cities' rights-of-way.

How is fuel cost recovery calculated on my bill?

Fuel Cost Recovery (FCR) is simply a "pass through" charge where Georgia Power Company recovers costs associated with all types of fuel used in the generation of electricity. It is a simple calculation, which is the number of kWh's consumed in a month times the appropriate charge. Most residential customers are billed on the secondary level charge. There are actually two secondary fuel charges, and customers are billed on one of these rates based on the billing month. Summer months are June through September, and winter months are October through May.

What is the new Nights and Weekend rate?

Time of Use - Residential Energy Only (TOU-REO) or "Nights and Weekends" rate, as it is often called, is a rate structure for residential customers which encourages off-peak usage of electricity. The rate reflects the fact that Georgia Power Company incurs higher costs to generate electricity during the peak hours of Monday - Friday, between the hours of 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, during the summer months of June through September. Customers are incented through lower energy charges to shift as much usage from the on-peak time period as possible. Some ways to accomplished this are by raising the air conditioning thermostat during the on-peak hours or shifting clothes laundering or dishwashing to nighttime, morning or weekend hours.

What is the difference between FlatBill and Budget Bill?

Unlike Budget Billing, there is no true-up for a monthly or annual balance if electricity usage is different from the FlatBill as long as the contract is fulfilled.


Residential Rate Advisor

We need to make sure this is the right advisor for you. Is this a residential property that is for personal use rather than business use?

Residential Rate option Business Rate option

*Rate advisor is only intended to assist your decision making process. You should check all rates and cross reference your energy use with recommended rate schedules before committing to a rate. Your choice is important because you must stay on the chosen or assigned rate for at least 12 months.


To get advice on business rates, please visit the business section of our site. Where do you want to go?

Go to Business Rates

Have you been in your home for more than 12 months?

Switch electric use to off-peak hours

Are you willing to shift when you use electricity away from peak demand times in order to reduce your bill?


Are you willing to monitor and limit the use of multiple appliances at the same time?


How important is consistency in your bill?


How important are renewable Energy sources to you?

A rate that is designed to encourage customers to use less electricity during on-peak hours and shift that usage to off-peak periods.

Standard Service: The basic rate plan. This plan is ideal for customers who are comfortable with fluctuations in their monthly electric bill.

With FlatBill there are no surprises because your bill is the same month after month for the entire year.

For customers who can avoid the use of major appliances at the same time.