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Westar Energy Rate Hike Approved

Associated Press - March 14, 2014 8:33 am

Westar Energy is notifying its retired employees that they will have to find their own Medicare supplemental plans beginning Jan. 1.

Westar Energy is notifying its retired employees that they will have to find their own Medicare supplemental plans beginning Jan. 1.

State regulators have granted Westar Energy’s request for a $43.6 million rate increase.

The Kansas Corporation Commission on Thursday approved an increase that would raise residential and small-business bills $83.5 million. Rates paid by butter businesses and school district would have rates reduced by $50 million.

The utility sought the rate hike to pay increasing costs of delivering power. State law requires the KCC to approve the annual requests for transmission costs within 30 days of when they are filed, if they are accurate.

The Citizens’ Utility Ratepayer Board says homeowners who use 900 kilowatt hours will pay about $2.59 more a month. The increase will take effect April 2.

Counting Thursday’s increase, Westar’s annual rates have been increased $513.8 million since 2009.

Associated Press information from: The Wichita Eagle

Thomas Heiter

March 14, 2014 at 6:59 pm

What is a “butter” business and which “school district” is getting the $50 million rate reduction? How about a little proofreading and editing “journalists”? And how does the KCC figure that a company that shows quarterly PROFITS should NEED a rate increase?

Angela Swedberg

March 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Well since my bill jumped $15-$20 for the last 3 months I would say they started way before April!! Guess I better get another 2nd job so I can pay my bills!!

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