Customers of two Eastern Kentucky electric cooperatives will see their monthly bills rise under settlements approved Wednesday by the Public Service Commission.
Grayson Rural Electric Cooperative's rates will go up 14.4 percent, bringing the company an additional $3.16 million a year.
Residential customers' bills will see a sharper rise. A customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours a month will pay a base amount of $106.60 a month, an increase of $19.74, or 22.7 percent.
The utility has 15,700 customers in Carter, Elliott, Greenup, Lawrence, Lewis and Rowan counties.
Big Sandy Rural Electric Cooperative's rates will go up about 8 percent, bringing the utility an additional $1.74 million a year.
Again, residential customers will pay more. A customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours a month, will see an increase of $8.80, to $91.30, or 10.7 percent.
The cooperative has 13,090 customers in Breathitt, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Magoffin, Martin and Morgan counties.
Both utilities had asked for more but negotiated a lower rate with the attorney general's office.
Grayson's last rate increase was in 1996; Big Sandy's was in 1998.