Entergy Projecting Higher Electric Bills for Arkansans

MARCH 16, 2005 - Posted at 7:50 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Entergy Arkansas estimates the average electric bill for customers this year will rise slightly by $3.26 per month.

The state's largest electric utility files projections annually with the Arkansas Public Service Commission of what the year's bills will look like based on such factors as the cost of wholesale energy to the company.  They typical monthly bill this year is expected to be $89.73.  That's well below the typical Entergy bill of $100.49 projected by the company in 1997.

Entergy says one reason for the increase is that both units at its nuclear plant at Russellville will be down for a time for refueling.  While the units aren't producing electricity, the company will have to buy more expensive fuel to make electricity.

Entergy has 667,000 customers in Arkansas in 63 of the state's 75 counties.

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