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NPPD: Electric bills expected to be higher in March

Posted at 4:00 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 17:00:45-05

COLUMBUS, Neb. (KMTV) - The Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) said on Monday that electricity bills are expected to be higher than normal when they arrive in early March.

The recent sub-zero weather conditions in the region are to blame.

“If a customer used more electricity than they normally do, their bill will likely go up for the month,” said NPPD Retail General Manager Pat Hanrahan. “Bills will be dependent on how much electricity each customer used, but the overall rate for electricity did not change. Customers who took conservation measures, like lowering their thermostats, may not see much of an increase. Customers who did not take conservative measures should expect to see a higher than normal electric bill.”

The NPPD said a typical Nebraska residence uses about 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, but a preliminary review appears to be running about 30 percent higher.

NPPD noted that there is no overall rate increase to their 2021 rates. Those are set each year and the most recent rates, which went into effect on Feb. 1, have remained the same for eight years.

Customers who need to make payment arrangements or get energy assistance from local agencies are encouraged to contact NPPD at 1-877-ASK-NPPD.

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