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Hearing In Salina On Westar Rate Hike Request

Associated Press - July 10, 2013 4:30 am

A public hearing is scheduled for this week in Salina on Westar Energy’s proposed increase in electric rates.

The hearing is set for Thursday evening at the Salina College Center at Kansas State University-Salina.

Westar has applied to the Kansas Corporation Commission for a 1.7 percent increase worth $31.7 million. The utility company says it needs the increase to meet federal requirements. Westar also wants to readjust rates so residential and small business customers pay more while industrial consumers pay less.

Under the proposal, residential bills will increase nearly 9 percent, or about $7.50 a month for 900 kilowatt hours of usage. Bills for large industrial companies would drop about 8 percent.

Utility bills for public schools would also drop more than 7 percent.

Amy Kinion

July 10, 2013 at 11:56 am

Why do I keep trying to purposely lower my bill by keeping the lights off, not running AC much, etc when they are just going to raise it anyway? Do they not understand people are trying to use less energy so they can afford the bill they have now?

Iggy p Daily

July 11, 2013 at 12:11 pm

You are just realizing that secret. When you have white collar crooks running any corporation they will find ways of getting money. I agree many of us cut back but it was said along time ago this would happen once people started cutting back. The same thing will happen with gasoline once the market is flooded with electric cars. The oil industry profits will diminish and those that still purchase gas will be paying double to make up for it.

mike betts

July 11, 2013 at 3:04 pm

You know their trying all kinds of mumbo jumbo talk. In the long story made short its just a bunch of words meaning rate hike. All high priced dinners with the secatary and of course they have to have a place to have a romance and pay all her living expenses. Why pay them more money thats not going to the company anyway Why didn’t they ask for enough the first tjme?

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