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Entergy Raises Mississippi Rates by 5 Percent

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JACKSON, Miss. - Entergy customers in Mississippi will soon see higher bill. The company says its customers will pay about 5 percent more over 2014's second half, as it recoups higher natural gas fuel costs.

The increase was approved unanimously Tuesday by the Mississippi Public Service Commission. Electricity bills will go up by $5.58 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. This is the fifth rate increase in two years for Entergy Mississippi.

The company says it's necessary because it paid more for natural gas when prices rose last winter.

Entergy serves 437,000 customers in 45 counties in western Mississippi.

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