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CUMMING, GA – Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation (Sawnee EMC) announced today that its Board of Directors (Board) recently approved a retail rate decrease which will occur on energy bills sent out beginning January 2, 2024.  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 accounts and most of its commercial accounts.

The WPCA is a factor that changes periodically, either up or down, and is necessary to account for fluctuations in Sawnee EMC’s wholesale power and other costs.  The use of a WPCA factor is a common practice used in setting rates by electric utilities nationwide.  This billing component provides a way to account for changes in the price of the factors used to generate electricity, as well as other items within the utility, which can increase or decrease throughout the year. 
“As an electric cooperative, Sawnee EMC’s Board 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 $16.63 per 1,000 kWh consumed, when compared to their December 2023 billing statement.  As variables change within the electric utility industry, Sawnee EMC’s Board will continue to review the WPCA and adjust it 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 and staff are always conscious of keeping the cost of electricity affordable and keeping the supply reliable.  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.

Additionally, as a trusted energy provider to its members, Sawnee EMC has several energy saving tips and information available at in the Energy Solutions Center. 

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 173,500 members in seven (7) counties of greater north Georgia. Sawnee’s total assets exceed $881 million, with energy sales of 3.7 billion kWh and annual revenue of approximately $441 million. With a team of approximately 360 dedicated professionals and over 12,006 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”.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer