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(Neb.)-NPPD Considers Higher Electric Rates In Nebraska

By: Dennis and Kathi Brown Posted at: 09/23/2012 12:06 PM

KEARNEY, Nebraska (AP) - Many Nebraskans could be paying more for electricity next year if the NPPD board approves a rate increase. 

The Nebraska Public Power District board will decide in November whether to approve the roughly 4 percent increase. The change would take effect in January. 

NPPD spokesman Mark Becker says customers who use 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month would see a $9 increase in their monthly bills. The average Nebraska home uses about 1,200 kilowatt-hours per month. 

The size of rate increase customers would see depends on what they use electricity for. Residential customers could see rate hikes as high as 6 percent while irrigation and lighting users could see smaller increases.

 Becker says the rate increase is needed to cover NPPD's costs. 


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