The utility’s board for NES, one of the biggest power suppliers in Tennessee, approved new rates that took effect on October 1st, 2013, that almost mirror the 20% increase announced by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the power supplier for Nashville Electric Service, Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp., Murfreesboro Electric Department, and Cumberland Electric Membership Corp. (SEE FULL LIST OF TVA PARTICIPATING POWER COMPANIES BELOW) Board members said they have little choice but to raise rates when the cost of the power it buys goes up.

"The big picture is that the prices for fuels commonly used to make electricity are skyrocketing," Cindy Stokes of the TVA said while addressing the NES board.

The average residential customer will see an increase of 15.2%

Phil Bradley owns Bradley Pharmacy. He and other small business owners will likely face an average increase of 13.5%. "Some of it will have to be passed on to the consumer so it's a revolving wheel that everyone is going to be bit by this," he said in between filling prescriptions at his Charlotte Avenue store.

The average increase for various electric utility customers:
  • Small commercial entities like a church or car wash will face a 14.1% increase in October
  • Medium commercial users, like a grocery store, will face an increase of around 17%
  • A similar 17% increase can also be expected by large business consumers such as a high school or a hospital

With higher rates come a higher number of people who cannot afford to pay their bills. In the last year, delinquent payments from customers have gone up by 40%.

"We feel it's all related to the fact that people are seeing their costs go up for fuel, putting gas in their cars - it's affecting every aspect of their lives, including paying their electric bills,"
-NES spokesperson Tim Hill told News 2, WKRN- Nashville.


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TVA's service area covers most of Tennessee, portions of Alabama, Mississippi, and Kentucky, and small slices of Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia.

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