Omaha Public Power District approves 5.9% rate increase to cover increased costs from previous summer's flooding along Missouri River, new EPA rules, higher health insurance costs; average monthly bill up by US$5.30, effective Jan. 1, 2012

OMAHA, Nebraska , December 15, 2011 () – Electric rates are going up for customers of the Omaha Public Power District in southeast Nebraska.

The utility board voted Thursday to increase rates by 5.9 percent in 2012. The increase means monthly bills will go up an average of $5.30 to around $95.

The increase takes effect Jan. 1.

The district says the increase is because of increased costs from last summer's flooding along the Missouri River, new EPA rules and higher health insurance costs.

OPPD has more than 310,000 customers in 13 counties.

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