June 30, 2008

Entergy Customers Will See Hike in Bills

JACKSON - Residential customers of Entergy Mississippi will see a 28 percent jump in their electric bills for July through September with the addition of a new fee.

The Mississippi Public Service Commission says a typical customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours a month will pay about $26 more.

Entergy Mississippi spokeswoman Mara Hartmann says the fee increase will help offset rising natural gas prices. Entergy uses natural gas, as well as nuclear energy and coal, to power electric plants.

Hartmann says natural gas costs have increased about 120 percent over the last year.

The commission, which regulates energy and telecommunications companies, says the average residential customer's electricity bill will jump to $132.55 from $106.62.

Hartmann says Entergy is trying to keep costs as low as possible.

The company adjusts its rates every quarter.

The next adjustment will be in October.

Originally published by Associated Press .

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