JACKSON, Miss.- You’re going to see an increase in your electricity bill soon. That’s because Entergy Corp. customers in Mississippi are going to have to start paying five percent more over the second half of this year, as the company recovers from higher natural gas fuel costs.
The increase was approved unanimously Tuesday by the Mississippi Public Service Commission.
Electricity bills will go up by five to six dollars a month, from July through December, for residential customers using 1,000 kilowatt hours. The average Entergy Mississippi customer uses 1,300 kilowatt hours per month.
It’s the fifth rate increase in two years for Entergy Mississippi. The reason for this increase is due to the increase of natural gas prices as a result of the unusually cold winter making gas prices rise. Also, because Entergy was refueling its Grand Gulf nuclear plant, it was burning more natural gas than normal.
Based in New Orleans, Entergy serves 437,000 customers in 45 counties in western Mississippi.