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Westar Standing By Rate Increase Request

Associated Press - September 16, 2013 11:10 am

Westar Energy

Officials from the largest electric utility in Kansas are vowing to press on with its request for $31.7 million in rate hikes for some customers across the state, including plans to modify rates for low-income customers.

Westar Energy Inc. is asking the Kansas Corporation to approve the request, which would shift the burden of rates away from larger, industrial customers. Critics of Westar’s request say the new proposals for low-income and new startup businesses would expand what is supposed to be a narrowly focused rate request.

Westar is seeking the rate increase to pay for $1.2 billion in upgrades to satisfy Environmental Protection Agency regulations. Westar serves nearly 700,000 customers in eastern and central Kansas, including the cities of Salina, Topeka, Wichita and Pittsburg.

Associated Press information from: The Wichita Eagle

Mic Be

September 16, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Live within your means like the rest of us have to. We haven’t seen pay raises in 4 ++ years. Trim salaries of CEO’s, hire people in at reasonable, not extravagant salaries……Need more money saving ideas? I have plenty of them for you. Quit purchasing land for the future and live in the now!!!! Need more? I have plenty more.

Red Neck

September 17, 2013 at 8:15 am

Time to disband Weststar energy and start from scratch.

mike betts

September 17, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Everybody knows its nothing but a bunch of mumbo jumbo for the meaning of another rate hike Why shoud Ipay for them making improvements to their own equipment.

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