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Westar Energy Rates to Increase to Cover Environmental Costs

KSAL StaffMay 22, 2015

Westar Energy plans to increase its rates starting in June to cover the costs of its environmental projects.

The Kansas Corporation Commission on Thursday approved a $10.8 million increase in Westar’s environmental cost recovery rider, for a total of about $68.6 million. The increase will cost the average customer about an extra $4.07 a year.

The increases are for 12 environmental upgrades at Jeffrey Energy Center, six at Lawrence Energy Center, one at Tecumseh Energy Center and one at Gordon Evans Energy Center, a natural gas plant near Colwich.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports tariffs are approved with a simplified process that doesn’t require the public hearings involved in a general rate increase. No groups opposed the tariff amount.

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