Friday, May 2, 2014 | 2:53 p.m.
CARSON CITY — NV Energy is asking the state to OK a rate increase that would bump the average residential power bill by $2.82 a month and bring the utility an additional $20.8 million a year.
The company also wants to raise its flat monthly service charge from $10 to $15.
The utility said today that it has filed an application with the state Public Utilities Commission to increase rates by 0.9 percent across the board and 1.8 percent for the average residential customer. The average residential customer uses 1,136 kilowatt hours of power a month with a bill now of $152.97.
Dan Jacobsen, staff manager for the state Bureau of Consumer Protection, said low-income customers would be hardest hit. He said the agency will file a protest to the proposed rate structure.
NV Energy says the rate increase is needed to cover the cost of improvements to serve its more than 1 million customers.
Nevada Power must file a general rate case every three years.