Last year the Arkansas Public Service Commission granted Entergy Arkansas a 3.38 percent rate increase. Now, Entergy Arkansas wants to up its rate by another 3.75 percent.
Richard Riley, President of Entergy Arkansas, told the commission on Wednesday that Entergy Arkansas was spending the money to continue operations at Arkansas Nuclear One.
On March 31, 2013, at Arkansas Nuclear One, eight workers were injured and one worker was killed when a million-pound generator stator fell 30 feet while it was being moved.
Future requests could include the costs associated with the crash of the stator.
President Riley told the commission the current rate increase was for hiring additional staff at Arkansas Nuclear One.
Entergy Arkansas has about 715,000 customers in 63 counties that will be affected by the new rate increase.