ksal.com

Salina, KS

Now: 46 °F

Currently: Fair

Hi: 46 °F | Lo: 36 °F

Thursday

Hi: 53 °F 

Lo: 36 °F

Friday

Hi: 51 °F 

Lo: 32 °F

Saturday

Hi: 54 °F 

Lo: 32 °F

Sunday

Hi: 49 °F 

Lo: 24 °F

Monday

Hi: 50 °F 

Lo: 32 °F

Sankey Auto
KSN

Kansas Regulators Reviewing Westar’s Rates

Associated Press - August 17, 2015 5:37 am

A Kansas electric utility has announced a new wind power contract in south-central Kansas.

Kansas regulators are reviewing an agreement that would allow the state’s largest electric company to increase its rates by $78 million a year.

The Kansas Corporation Commission was opening hearings Monday on the deal between Topeka-based Westar Energy Inc., a state consumer advocacy board and other parties.

State law gives the three-member KCC until Oct. 28 to issue an order revising Westar’s rates.

The utility has said that under the agreement, most households would see their electric bills rise between $5 and $7 a month. Westar has nearly 700,000 customers in Kansas.

The company initially sought an annual rate increase of $152 million, largely to cover costs already incurred for power plant upgrades. But consumer advocates and the KCC’s own staff objected.