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Regulators OK Westar Prepaid Electricity Project

Associated Press - May 29, 2014 7:08 pm

Kansas regulators have filed a complaint against Westar Energy Inc., alleging the utility is charging unjust and unreasonable electric transmission rates.

Kansas regulators have filed a complaint against Westar Energy Inc., alleging the utility is charging unjust and unreasonable electric transmission rates.

Kansas regulators have approved a pilot project that will let some Westar Energy customers pay for their electricity in advance.

The Kansas Corporation Commission on Thursday approved the project, which will be limited to 1,000 customers at first, including only 250 who are behind on their bills.

The Wichita Eagle reports the prepaid option will be available in parts of Wichita and in the towns of Lawrence, Silver Lake and Rossville. Only those with digital meters will be able to participate.

The plan approved on Thursday is the result of a deal between Westar and the Citizens’ Utility Ratepayer Board, which initially was concerned the utility would use it to force low-income customers in arrears on their bills to pay in advance.

Information from: The Wichita Eagle

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