Tennessee Valley Authority says 2.8% fuel cost rise to increase December residential utility bills between US$1.50-US$3.50; half the increase due to purchased power; boost follows three consecutive reductions in monthly fuel cost

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee , November 15, 2011 () – A 2.8 percent increase in the Tennessee Valley Authority's fuel cost will boost average residential electric bills in December between $1.50 and $3.50.

TVA said in a statement Monday that demand for December is projected to be about 16 percent higher than November and TVA expects to use higher cost resources. The December forecast shows purchased power contributing to almost half the increase.

The boost follows three straight reductions in the monthly fuel cost.

TVA is the nation's largest public utility and supplies power to about 9 million people in Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

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