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Sawnee EMC announces lower retail rate

  • Jan 10, 2022
The Cherokee Ledger-News

Members of Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation will see a lower retail rate on their power bills.

Sawnee EMC’s board of directors recently approved a decrease in the rate schedule “R” wholesale power cost adjustment (WPCA), starting with energy bills sent out Tuesday. This action will affect all Sawnee EMC residential and most of its commercial accounts.

WPCA is a factor that changes, either up or down, and is a necessary to account for monthly fluctuations in Sawnee EMC’s wholesale power and other costs. The WPCA or “fuel charge” is a common practice used by electric utilities nationwide. This billing factor provides a way to account for changes in the price of fuels used to generate electricity, as well as other factors within the utility, which can increase or decrease throughout the year.

“As an electric cooperative, Sawnee EMC’s Board of Directors reviews the WPCA on a regular basis, and adjusts it accordingly; which is an efficient practice when compared to a permanent rate change,” said Blake House, Vice President of Member Services.

With the WPCA decrease, Sawnee EMC’s memberowners will see an average reduction of $17.50 per 1,000 kWh consumed. As variables change within the electric utility industry, Sawnee EMC’s Board of Directors will continue to review the WPCA and make adjustments as needed to continue to provide reliable, safe and affordable electricity to Sawnee EMC’s member-owners.

“It is important to communicate to our memberowners, that Sawnee EMC’s Board of Directors and staff are always conscious of keeping the cost of electricity on the forefront of our minds. Many variables are considered when setting the WPCA factor, and when it is prudent to do so, we will pass these savings on to our members,” states Michael Goodroe, President and CEO.

The average household in Sawnee EMC uses 1,500 kWh per month, spokesperson Cindy Badgett said. A household with that usage could see about $26.25 in savings.

For more information, customers are asked to contact the Customer Call Center at 770-887-2363, via email at, text 678-999-8124 or visit

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