Xcel Energy Inc. plans to increase rates for South Dakota customers while state regulators decide on the company's earlier request to charge more for electricity.
Xcel officials say rates will go up by 8 percent on Jan. 2. That would increase the monthly bill of an average customer by about $6.
The company filed a request with the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission in June for about a 9 percent increase.
Xcel says if the commission approves final rates that are less than interim rates, customers will receive refunds with interest.
Company spokeswoman Laura McCarten says the increase is needed to pay for infrastructure improvements and help meet new regulations. She says the economy is also a factor.
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