LITTLE ROCK — The largest electric utility in Arkansas is seeking approval from the Arkansas Public Service Commission to raise its rates next year by 3.75 percent. An Entergy Arkansas residential customer with a $100 monthly bill would have a new monthly bill of $103.75 with the proposed increase.

John Bethel is the executive director of the commission’s general staff. He says the increase for industrial users will be about 3.72 percent. The commission approved a 3.38 percent increase for Entergy last year. Those rates were charged at the beginning of this year.

Bethel says the commission is expected to make a decision on the rates by Dec. 13. If approved, the changes would go into effect on Jan. 2. Entergy has about 715,000 customers in 63 counties.