Alabama Power plans to increase its rates starting this December to combat rising fuel costs and increased demand.

The utility company issued a statement Wednesday announcing the hike, saying most residential customers can expect to see an extra $10 on their monthly bill.

“Many Alabamians are facing challenging times, and no one wants to see rising electric bills,” Alabama Power stated. “However, the increased cost of fuel to generate electricity has necessitated an adjustment to our rate.

“Beginning in December, the typical residential customer bill will increase by about $10 a month to cover the higher cost of fuel used to generate electricity. Using diverse fuel types and sources has helped dampen the adjustment. We do not make money from fuel expenses.”

Alabama Power has listed on its website several ways customers can help lower their monthly utility costs.

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