VIDEO UPDATE: OPPD Considering Rate Increase

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The Omaha Public Power District is considering a general rate increase of 6.9 percent in 2013. It would be the district's second biggest rate increase in 10 years.

Residential rates would rise 7.7 percent. Rates for commercial customers would rise 5 percent and rates for industrial customers would go up 8.5 percent.

The district says the increase, if adopted, would raise residential customer bills an average $7.30 a month.

Pat Kortus has lived in Omaha all his life. He's seen a rate increase the last 9 years and he is frustrated by another increase.

"Omaha is just getting bigger and bigger and it's just going to get worse, so what's the plan for the next 10 years. What are my kids going to have to pay 20 years from now if they live in Omaha," said Kortus.

He hopes this is the last increase for several years. And admits even $7.30 a month can add up.

OPPD spokeswoman Paula Lukowski said Tuesday that OPPD's board is scheduled to discuss the proposal at its meeting Thursday and vote on it Dec. 13.

OPPD is a customer-owned utility that serves more than 352,000 customers in all or parts of 13 counties in eastern and southeast Nebraska.

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