With Additional Hikes Looming, GRU Customers Discuss Energy Costs
Published July 18th, 2013
GAINESVILLE - One day after Gainesville Regional Utility officials announced additional energy rate hikes over the next two years, business people showed up at a special workshop on Wednesday to address how the increases will affect them.
Nearly 100 people showed up to the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce's energy workshop, which was designed to give business owners the chance to voice their concerns and brainstorm solutions.
The main topics of discussion revolved around how to make energy costs more affordable, considering GRU's commercial energy costs are already among the highest in the entire state.
Earlier in the week, GRU announced that commercial electric bills are set to increase by an additional 10 percent beginning on October 1.
After the energy workshop, the Chamber released a statement asking GRU to stop collecting money for its fuel adjustment fund for the remainder of the fiscal year, a move that could provide a brief reprieve for residents and business owners, albeit for just a few months.
Additionally, the Chamber requests GRU not adjust the fuel adjustment fee any higher than its current level.
The Gainesville City Commission is set to discuss the fuel overcharges at its regular meeting on Thursday afternoon.
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