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March 25, 2008

Albany -- North Georgia's drought may soon mean higher utility bills for WG&L customers. Water Gas and Light's budget is currently over by about two million dollars.

Most of that expense is from higher electricity rates from South Eastern Power Administration. SEPA is located in North Georgia and uses hydro-power to generate their electricity.

"I'll tell you what needs to happen is the drought needs to end and the lakes need to fill back up. So that they can begin again to generate all the electricity they normally do. Once that happens those costs will go down," said Director of Fiscal Affairs, John Vansant III.

Those costs won't be passed on to their customers yet. They plan to use money from a settlement with MEAG and money saved from less equipment purchases to cover this debt.

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