Power customers may bear costs of Ark. snowstorm
The head of Arkansas' largest electric utility says customers can expect to bear the cost of repairs after a Christmas snowstorm damaged the power grid and left tens of thousands of people without electricity.
Entergy Arkansas' president, Hugh McDonald, told The Associated Press Saturday that the utility has $15 million built into its rates annually to cover damage from typical storms. Costs in excess of that can be passed onto customers with the Public Service Commission's permission.
So far, officials are estimating the storm caused tens of millions of dollars of damage to Arkansas' power grid.
Counting customers at Entergy and locally owned utilities, more than 260,000 homes and businesses were without power for at least part of the last week. That number dropped to about 50,000 by Saturday evening.
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