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Acworth Woman Billed $1 Billion for Electricity

ACWORTH, GA -- Almost all of us have been shocked when we open up our bills. Sometimes those electricity bills can get pretty expensive, especially during the summer when our air conditioners are running almost constantly. But an Acworth woman's 10-digit (before the decimal point) power bill might set a record.

When Scarlett Hall sat down to pay her bills, she realized it was probably going to take quite a few Benjamins to pay a $1,016,500,130.09 dollar electricity bill.

Hall lives in an Acworth home with her husband and three children. She's had high power bills before, but nothing like this. "Last month I pawned the title to my car to pay the light bill," she said Tuesday. "Now, I think I might need to start selling organs."

Knowing this bill had to be a mistake, Scarlett called Cobb Energy. "She started laughing and laughing," she said describing the customer service representative's response. "Then out of the blue, she goes 'I'm sorry ma'am. That just caught me off guard.' And I said 'Yeah, me too!'"

Hall said the customer service rep was able to correct the bill, bringing it down to a more reasonable and accurate $287.

"We have an edit system that allows us to take any abnormal bills or oversized bills like that," said Cobb EMC Vice President of Public Relations Sam Kelly. "It brings it to our attention. We're able to catch it. That's how we were able to catch it last week."

Owing over $1 billion is an unsettling situatio, and one Hall is happy to have fixed.

"We appreciate Ms. Hall's patience and understanding with this because this is something that very rarely happens," Kelly said.

The average homeowner's electricity bill is right around $100, according to the folks at Cobb EMC. But, they say some of their commercial clients run a monthly tab of tens of thousands of dollars.