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On Dozens speak against Westar Energy's proposed rate increase and plan to 're-balance' rates

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patkindle 1 year, 8 months ago

depending on where you lived before, or what rates you are comparing tool, westar residential rates may not be that expensive, just saying

George_Braziller 1 year, 8 months ago

Where one lived before and what one was paying there isn't relevant. It's like comparing the cost of housing in San Francisco with the cost of housing in Eudora.

elliottaw 1 year, 8 months ago

You should be able to choose what companies you want to use, they use this system in other states helps companies from having a monopoly and changing rates on a whim

tomatogrower 1 year, 8 months ago

Really? Kind of like in California where they deregulated and the rates shot up?

usesomesense 1 year, 8 months ago

"In our rush to make Kansas appear to be pro-business, we are making Kansas appear anti-resident," Woolin said.

I think this is a pretty great comment about the state of our state. It's always important for both ends to realize they need each other. Workers need businesses and businesses need workers and customers. If I didn't already live here I'd have a very difficult time wanting to move here - even if there was a great opportunity due to the uncertainty of what will be.

Hooligan_016 1 year, 8 months ago

Maybe this might encourage some residents to look into alternative means of producing electricity ... solar!

Hooligan_016 1 year, 8 months ago

Before other comments jump all over me, I'm just tossing something out there to consider as long term future developments. We all know coal etc isn't going to last forever and we need to start thinking of alternative solutions. You now may commence the bashing.

Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 months ago

Cut the CEO pay package by 75% Eliminate CEO stock options Eliminate lobbyists Eliminate political campaign donations Eliminate the retirement bonus aka golden parachute Eliminate corporate jets and expensive cars from the budget Eliminate dinners and such with politicians Eliminate executive bonus packages

Richard07 1 year, 8 months ago

In a typical year what percentage of Westar's total operating cost does their executive pay package represent? Somehow I don't think slashing their overall compensation package as you note would have much effect even short term. Your proposed mandate "rolls off the tongue" nicely, however, and reminds of some of the 1970's anti-war hippie protester signs. Power to the People!!

Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 months ago

--- Cut the CEO pay package by 75%

--- Eliminate CEO stock options

--- Eliminate lobbyists

--- Eliminate political campaign donations

--- Eliminate the retirement bonus aka golden parachute

--- Eliminate corporate jets and expensive cars from the budget

--- Eliminate dinners and such with politicians

--- Eliminate executive bonus packages

ksjayhawk74 1 year, 8 months ago

Hey now. We're just trying to keep rates from increasing. With all those crazy plans our yours, the rates could probably be cut in half. No one want that.

brutus 1 year, 8 months ago

There's only enough coal for 1,000 years or so................

hillsandtrees 1 year, 8 months ago

"The coal we burn today was millions of years in the making. We continue to extract and burn vast amounts of it. Given current trends, we’ll run out of it in 225 years or so. In human terms, we have a few generations to figure this out. In geologic time, it’s almost gone."

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/coal/2012/11/coal_reserves_in_the_united_states_geology_explains_why_we_have_so_much.2.html

sciencegeek 1 year, 8 months ago

Sounds like the Brownback version of "fair and balanced", i.e. stick it to the little guy.

Larry Sturm 1 year, 8 months ago

I don't know but big business probably already pays a lot less per kilowatt hr. than residential.

thinkingaboutstuff 1 year, 8 months ago

I hope people who have an opinion on the rate increase request will take the time to email their comments to the KCC at www.public.affairs@kcc.ks.gov or call your comments into KCC at 1-800-662-0027. Writers here have made some good points, and I would encourage you to make your voices heard. If rate payers take a few minutes to voice their opinions, maybe we CAN make a difference.

Ann Hamil 1 year, 8 months ago

15% lower than the national average.... Are our incomes higher or lower than the national average? 55% increase in average electric rates in the last 5 years.... Have our median incomes gone up 55% in the last 5 years?

Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 months ago

Climate Change rules meaning coal power must go no matter what. Cleaner energy sources is the smart and fiscally responsible direction of choice.

Union of Concerned Scientists http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/

Centerville 1 year, 8 months ago

Thank our legislature for voting to force all our electric companies buy hugely expensive generating capacity, so they could all feel good about themselves. And an even bigger scam is coming down the pike when we have to start paying for the cost of building transmmission lines all the way across Kansas to send all of our wind generation to Indiana. Oh, and we'll have an additional charge on our bills to keep that scam in operation. Those charges are outside any state oversight or approval. And our income taxes are going to get wind generation going...again. Our electric bill is becoming so loaded with junk that it's impossible to just pay for some electricity.

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