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Regulators Reviewing Westar Rate Settlement

Associated Press - September 26, 2013 4:25 am

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

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

Kansas regulators are reviewing a proposal to let the state’s largest electric company raise rates for residential customers by an average of $3 a month.

The Kansas Corporation Commission’s hearing Thursday focuses on a settlement involving Westar Energy and representatives of its customers. The deal would let Westar boost overall rates by about $31 million annually, or less than 2 percent.

The company had proposed a slightly higher overall increase, mostly to pay for environmental upgrades at its La Cygne power plant in eastern Kansas.

But it also wanted to shift about $50 million in charges to residential customers and small businesses from larger businesses and public schools. Under the settlement, it would drop that idea.

Westar has nearly 700,000 customers in Kansas.

mike betts

September 27, 2013 at 10:17 am

Everyone knews its just another rate hike. They say they want to improve a plant. Its their plant their equipment well take their own money and fix their own equipment. I figure all they want is payoffs for the secartry the room at the motel & and of course the new car. Then the wife gets all new furniture. Why do we have to pay for no service?

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