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Electric bills likely to rise this winter, JEA says

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Bob Self
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Florida Times-Union
JEA headquarters in downtown Jacksonville.

Rising natural gas prices will force higher JEA electric rates in the winter for the utility's customers, JEA officials said Friday.

The comparatively cheap cost of natural gas over the past decade had helped JEA roll back electric bills and give one-time rebates to customers over that span.

But natural gas prices have been soaring this year, part of a broader trend in higher energy costs that has seen the price of gasoline at the pump reach its highest level in Florida in seven years.

Read the rest of the story at WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.