ONLY ON 3: Southport residents again complain about abnormally high power bills


SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — You pay a price to live near the beach, but some Southport residents say the price of their power bills is ridiculous.

Lori Stevens moved to her dream location of Southport only a few months ago. Her house was built with many energy-efficient features, so when she got her electric bill for more than $600 in one month, Stevens could not believe her eyes.

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“I don’t know how they can justify a $621 bill,” Stevens said. “It just doesn’t add up.”

But this is not the first time the City of Southport has had a problem with seemingly out-of-whack electric bills. In 2011, Mayor Robert Howard said the problem was new power boxes that needed recalibration. Now three years later, Stevens was told the problem is the same.

“I just want something to be done about this,” she said. “I want them to do the right thing. I want them to recheck this. I want people to come out to the meeting next week at city hall, and I want them to voice their opinions about this. It’s unconstitutional to charge this much for electricity.”

Southport resident Bill Thorpe hopes something can be done to fix the inflated bills.

“I just hope the state, Duke Power, Southport and Brunswick Electric can come up with a better way delivering electricity to our subdivision and the City of Southport,” Thorpe said.

We tried contacting the city manager about the problem, but have not gotten a call back.