Sawnee EMC Announces Retail Rate Decrease

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CUMMING, GA – Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation (Sawnee EMC) announced today its Board of directors recently approved a retail rate decrease which will occur on energy bills sent out beginning January 4, 2022.  

This rate reduction will occur in the Sawnee’s Rate Schedule “R”, Wholesale Power Cost Adjustment (WPCA), a billing component utilized in most Sawnee EMC rate schedules.  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,” states Blake House, Vice President of Member Services.

With the WPCA decrease, Sawnee EMC’s member-owners 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 member-owners, 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.

For additional information or questions regarding WPCA or any aspect of your Sawnee EMC account, please contact our Customer Call Center at 770-887-2363, via email at, text 678-999-8124 or visit its website at

About Sawnee EMC
Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation is an electric distribution cooperative headquartered in Cumming, Georgia. Sawnee serves electricity to approximately 191,000 accounts in seven (7) counties of greater north Georgia. Sawnee’s total assets exceed $885 million, with energy sales of 3.8 billion kWh and annual revenue of approximately $417 million. With a team of approximately 363 dedicated professionals and over 11,855 miles of distribution line, Sawnee stands ready at all times to meet the needs of its members/owners. SEMC strives daily to live up to their motto…

“At Sawnee EMC, We’re More Than Electricity, We’re Service”.
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