EMEPA Says Higher Rates Coming for Some Customers

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Some customers of East Mississippi Electric Power Association can expect to see a rate increase in their power bills next month.

General manager, Wayne Henson, says a 9.3% rate increase that will affect some rste payers is a direct result of Mississippi Power's rate increase on wholesale power. EMEPA buys power from MPC.

Henson says EMEPA has gone before the Energy Regulatory Commission and taken other measures to lessen the blow.

"Not only have we brought the potential increase down because of our work with the federal Energy Regulatory Commission, we have been able to reduce our internal expenses so that we could absorb some of this," said Henson. "And that's why the first increase that we had from Mississippi Power Company was not passed on to our customers."

Henson says the rate hike amounts to an average bill increase of about $10.80 a month per 1,000 kilowatt hours.