LAS VEGAS (AP) — NV Energy’s southern Nevada customers will see an increase in their electricity bills beginning in January.

The utility says a rate change recently approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada means the average bill of a single-family residential customer will increase by about $4.84 a month, or 3.5 percent.

NV Energy’s original request called for bumping up the average monthly bill by about $7.

The PUC last week approved an annual revenue increase of $158.6 million for NV Energy’s southern utility Nevada Power Co.

The increase was sought to cover costs associated with investments in the utility’s generating stations and energy efficiency programs.

At public hearings in October, dozens of NV Energy customers in southern Nevada said they didn’t want to pay any more for electricity.

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