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

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Centerville 9 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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Richard Heckler 9 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/

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goodcitizen 9 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?

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thinkingaboutstuff 9 months, 1 week 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.

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Larry Sturm 9 months, 1 week ago

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

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sciencegeek 9 months, 1 week ago

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

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brutus 9 months, 1 week ago

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

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Richard Heckler 9 months, 1 week 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

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Richard Heckler 9 months, 1 week 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

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Hooligan_016 9 months, 1 week ago

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

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Number_1_Grandma 9 months, 1 week ago

Westar is beholding to the shareholders and not the rate payers. Unfortunately, the "share holders" majority is Westar executives; and guaranteeing at least a 10% increase to the shareholders (Them). Where else can you get a 10% return guaranteed? They can because they are using RATEPAYERS money to give to SHAREHOLDERS!

Westar should not be allowed to be public traded as a monopoly company!! Sounds so much like the Koch brothers at work. Besides the fact that coal burning plants will NEVER be clean or efficient to use but they keep spending billions trying to make it. Use wind, solar and natural gas to produce electricity. It will be better money well spent instead of polluting coal plants!

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usesomesense 9 months, 1 week 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.

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patkindle 9 months, 1 week ago

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

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