Entergy Files to Increase Bills By Nearly 10 Percent

MARCH 16, 2006 - Posted at 4:32 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The average bill for customers for the state's largest electricity supplier will increase by nearly ten percent this year.  Entergy Arkansas says its own costs have risen because of two major Gulf Coast hurricanes and planned outages at nuclear generating plants.

Entergy won't make a profit from the rate increase.  The money will offset its own expenses, company officials say.  Entergy filed papers with the Public Service Commission regarding the rate changes yesterday.

Entergy says a typical residential customer, using about a thousand kilowatt hours of electricity a month would see a $9.27 increase starting in next month's bill.

Entergy has 677,000 customers among 63 of Arkansas' 75 counties.

The entire Entergy system has about 2.6 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)