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Kansas Regulators Urged to OK Deal on Hiking Westar’s Rates

KSAL StaffAugust 17, 2015

Attorneys are telling Kansas regulators an agreement that would allow the state’s largest electric company to increase its rates about 4 percent is reasonable for customers.

The rate-setting Kansas Corporation Commission had a 90-minute hearing Monday on the proposed deal. It was struck by Topeka-based Westar Energy Inc., the commission’s staff, a state consumer advocacy agency and the utility’s largest customers.

The company’s annual rates would rise $78 million – about half of what Westar wanted. Most households would see their monthly bills increase from $5 to $7 a month.

Westar sought higher rates to pay for power plant upgrades.

Attorneys representing the parties urged the three-member commission not to change any of the agreement’s terms. State law gives the KCC until Oct. 28 to issue an order.

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