East Mississippi Electric Association is raising rates for some customers because of higher wholesale power rates charged by Mississippi Power Co. to cover the costs of its Kemper County power plant.
The Meridian-based electric cooperative says customers in Lauderdale, Clarke, Newton, Wayne and Jasper counties will see power rates rise by 9.3 percent starting with May bills.
EMEPA buys wholesale power for customers in those counties from Mississippi Power, a unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. It buys wholesale power for its customers in Kemper, Winston and Attala counties from the Tennessee Valley Authority.
The cooperative says bills will go up $10.80 per month for a customer who uses 1,000 kilowatt hours per month. Most Mississippi electric consumers use more than that, on average.