Are people in Nashville loosing electricity due to the high winter bills? One mother had her electricity cut off this week even as more snow and cold headed for her direction. The working mother had the choice to, “pay the rent or pay the utility bill,” after she got behind with a large December power bill, said Tanya Gray, of the Martha O’Bryan Center.
“The Nashville Electric Service saw bills in December running about 25 percent more than normal and 19 percent higher than December 2009,” said Tim Hill, spokesman for the utility in Nashville. Piedmont Gas, which delivers natural gas in Middle Tennessee, is expecting higher bills for customers, according to news reports from its corporate office.
“The Martha O’Bryan Center has seen an increase in appeals for emergency rent and utility assistance in the past six months,” Gray said. The money comes from a United Way grant but only a limited amount of people can be helped each month. “We can give a small amount, but it’s not enough to pay it all to get it turned back on,” she said.
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