PSC Approves Higher Rates for Mississippi Power, Entergy

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Jackson, Miss.

Power bills will be going up in February for customers of Mississippi Power and Entergy Mississippi.

The Public Service Commission voted 2-1 Tuesday to allow each company to raise rates to recover higher natural gas costs from 2013 and higher projected costs in 2014.

Rates for a Mississippi Power residential customer who uses 1,000 kilowatt hours per month would rise $3.60 per month.

Rates for an Entergy residential customer who uses 1,000 kilowatt hours per month would rise $4.21 per month.

Average Mississippi customers use more than 1,000 kilowatt hours per month.

Northern District Commissioner Brandon Presley, a Democrat, opposed the increases, saying customers shouldn't be charged for projections. Central District Commissioner Lynn Posey and Southern District Commissioner Steve Renfroe supported them.