Alabama Power Rates to Remain Flat

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Montgomery, Ala.

Alabama Power Co. predicts that its rates will remain level through 2014, despite the forecast of consumer savings when the state's utility regulatory board approved a new rate plan.

The Alabama Public Service Commission voted 2-1 last month to revise its rate stabilization plan for Alabama Power.

Commission President Twinkle Cavanaugh forecast the change would result in annual savings for consumers of $30 to $110.

Alabama Power says the modification will not result in any immediate reduction in customer bills, but it is expected to put downward pressure on rates over the long run.

AARP is asking the PSC to reconsider its decision. It says rates should be lowered. Alabama Power says the request is without merit.