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Kansas Regulators Disagree on Increasing KCP&L’s Rates

Associated Press - August 11, 2015 3:56 pm


Kansas regulators can’t yet agree on how much to increase Kansas City Power & Light Co.’s annual rates.

The utility’s charges for customers with electric heating systems emerged as a key issue Tuesday during a public discussion by the Kansas Corporation Commission.

The KCC has until Sept. 10 to issue a written decision on KCP&L’s request to raise $67 million more annually from its 247,000 customers in the state’s northeast corner. The utility estimates its request would boost customers’ rates by 12.5 percent – or $11.67 a month for an average residential customer.

Each of the three commission members had a different figure for how much profit the company should be allowed to earn. Commissioner Pat Apple suggested a low figure if rates for customers with electric heating don’t drop.

Larry Elmquist

August 12, 2015 at 2:21 pm

In keeping with Doug Clemens early writing; let’s tie increases in utilities directly to school funding and reduce the cost of utilities by reducing the compensation given to utility CEOs. If his ideas prove successful, Clemens could be the Kansas version of Donald Trump.

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