Electric bills heading down for customers

Staff Reports
Posted 8/27/19

It’s not going to help with air conditioning for the rest of the summer, but electric bills for Entergy customers in Madison County and elsewhere should decline beginning in September due to lower fixed fuel costs, the company said recently.

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Electric bills heading down for customers

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It’s not going to help with air conditioning for the rest of the summer, but electric bills for Entergy customers in Madison County and elsewhere should decline beginning in September due to lower fixed fuel costs, the company said recently.

Entergy said the average customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month should see a decrease of more than $3.50 on each monthly bill during the fall and winter months this year.

“Lower fuel cost to generate electricity, translates into lower costs for customers,” said Stuart Barrett, vice president of customer service for Entergy Texas, Inc. “This is especially important for our customers after the hot summer we are experiencing.”

Electric utilities in Texas, including Entergy Texas are regulated by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT). Monthly bills are largely made up of base charges plus fuel charges and the fuel portion is strictly passed through to customers.

The PUCT rules require the fixed fuel charge on customer’s bills to be changed bi-annually each September and March. This amount will remain the same until March 2020.

Mid-South Synergy, another power provider in Madison County said it reviews changes in fuel costs more frequently.

“At Mid-South Synergy our fuel cost or Wholesale Power Cost Adjustment (WPCA on billing statements) is reviewed every month to account for the changes in fuel cost,” Justin Stapleton, communications manager for the company, said in an e-mail Monday. “This a positive for our members because it keeps electric bills as low as possible and quickly gives members the cost savings rather waiting until a later time.

“Our average WPCA in the summer of 2018 was a credit back to our members of $4.80 per 1,000 (kilowatt-hour).”

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