Colorado OKs 5 percent Xcel electric rate increase |

Colorado OKs 5 percent Xcel electric rate increase

DENVER, Colorado ” Colorado regulators have approved an electricity rate increase that will raise Xcel Energy residential customers’ bills by about $2.94 a month starting July 1.

The state Public Utilities Commission said Wednesday electric bills for Xcel’s small-business customers will rise by about $4.42 a month.

The total rate increase is $112.2 million, or about 5 percent. Xcel had asked for $159.3 million.

Minneapolis-based Xcel is Colorado’s largest electric utility with 1.4 million customers.

Earlier this month, Xcel proposed a $180.2 million rate increase to start Jan. 1, on top of the increase approved Wednesday.

Xcel says that request would increase typical monthly residential customer’s bill by $4.98 and the typical small-business customer’s bill by $5.40.

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