Electricity bills increasing this summer, Entergy Louisiana announced
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Some Entergy customers could see an increase on their light bills this summer, according to Entergy Louisiana.
The company made the announcement on Friday, June 3, citing two factors as the reason for the price spike: the rising cost of natural gas and severe weather that has impacted the region over the past two years.
In a news release, Entergy stated “For a customer consuming 1,000 kWh this would translate to roughly a $25 increase in June. Entergy Louisiana is deferring recovery of approximately $10 of that increase from June bills for future recovery leaving approximately $15 increase on June bills.”
Entergy added a typical customer “can expect to see a roughly $9-10 increase on their bills beginning in June” related to restoration costs following severe storms in 2020 and 2021.
Read the entire statement below:
Statement from Dr. Craig Greene, Public Service Commission District 2:
“With gas prices soaring, Entergy customers will see higher bills as the cost of fuel is applied to their bill and multiplied by a customer’s usage. This comes at a time where customers are also going to see storm damage costs from Hurricanes Laura, Delta, Zeta, Ida, and Winter Storm Uri. I think it is important that people brace for reality. Entergy’s notification utilizes an average customer of 1,000 kWh, but, especially during Louisiana summers, it is difficult for any customer to use that little electricity. It is more likely that customers need to be prepared for at least $30 or $40 increases to their bill from rising gas prices and around $15 from storm charges.
Though Entergy does not profit from fuel charges or storm costs and there is nothing that the LPSC can do about the price of gas, these higher bills are exactly why the Commission is moving forward to create a statewide Energy Efficiency program whereby the goal is for utility customers to receive efficiency improvements like weatherization through a Commission hired administrator so that customers can be empowered to lower their electric bills for once instead of seeing them continue to rise.”
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