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Westar Drops 3 Efficiency Programs

Associated Press - June 14, 2015 7:19 am

The only planned public hearing on the biggest utility merger in Kansas history is scheduled for Monday in suburban Topeka.

The only planned public hearing on the biggest utility merger in Kansas history is scheduled for Monday in suburban Topeka.

Westar Energy has dropped plans for three new energy efficiency programs.

The Kansas Corporation Commission issued an order Thursday allowing the utility to withdraw its request for the programs. A current program, called WattSaver, which installs special thermostats in homes, will serve existing customers but will add no new customers.

The utility had proposed funding home energy audits, incentives for small businesses to install more efficient lighting and weatherization assistance for low-income customers.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the Citizens Utility Ratepayer Board and KCC staff raised concerns about the programs’ cost-effectiveness. They also suggested the programs might cause one group of customers to subsidize those who benefited from the programs.

 

Jeff Fellows

June 15, 2015 at 9:08 am

West Star uses these proposed items to get money. Once the Kansas Corporation Commission gives them that money then they drop the programs and the KCC allows them to do so. Just more games being played by the politicians and rich.

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