PPL customers might notice an increase in their electric bills during the New Year.

Beginning Jan. 1, the utility company's rates will increase 3 percent, which will mean an extra $7 a month to the average residential customer, according to the Office of Consumer Advocate.

PPL in February filed for a distribution rate increase of $104.6 million, claiming it would allow the utility company to recover costs associated with capital investments in its infrastructure, damage caused by major storms in 2011, and its continued support of electric choice and consumer education.

On Dec. 5, the Public Utility Commission authorized a $71 million rate increase for PPL, which will cause customers' bills to increase, beginning in January.

- Candy Woodall can also be reached at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.