Algiers electricity bills are set to soar.
A New Orleans City council committee has approved a resolution to hike the rates by 31 percent over the next four years. The council’s utility advisers reached an agreement in principle with officials of Entergy Louisiana.
The New Orleans Advocate is reporting the deal also directs the company to transfer Algiers service to Entergy New Orleans.
Entergy Louisiana serves about 22,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Algiers.
The company submitted a new rate plan for Algiers residents more than a year ago. It had been asking for a 42 percent increase.
Before it can take effect, the increase must be approved by the full council and the Louisiana Public Service Commission.
Rates were last changed in Algiers in November 2000. Entergy says it needs the increase in part to cover costs associated with restoring the company’s system following several hurricanes, including Katrina, that occurred after 2000.