Energy Cost Recovery up due to higher natural gas prices
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Although Entergy Arkansas seeks to keep rates among the lowest in the country, higher natural gas prices necessitate an increase to the fuel charge on customer bills.
A filing was made with the Arkansas Public Service Commission this week to increase the Energy Cost Recovery (ECR) rate April 1. The ECR accounts for roughly 9% of a residential customer’s total monthly bill.
The ECR charges appear on the bill as “Fuel and Purchased Power Cost.” It is normally adjusted each spring and fluctuates depending on changes in the cost of fuel used by Entergy Arkansas to generate electricity and wholesale prices paid for additional electricity.
The ECR will increase from $0.00959 per kilowatt hour to $0.01785 per kWh, or from the current rate of just under 1 cent per kWh to 1.8 cents beginning with April 2022 billing. This rate will be effective through March 2023, unless an interim adjustment is needed.
“The total increase that customers could see on their bill will vary based on their individual energy usage and the kilowatt-hours consumed at their home,” said Ventrell Thompson, acting vice president of customer service. “Our estimates show, however, that the average residential customer who uses 1,000 kilowatt hours per month will see a total bill increase of 7.5%, or roughly $8.”
Customers received a decreased ECR rate the last two years, and the 2021 ECR rate currently in effect ($0.00959) is the lowest the rate has been in more than

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