KEARNEY (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.