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State to resume hearings on equalizing Westar rates

July 20, 2009


— Kansas utility regulators plan to resume hearings this week on equalizing rates for the state's largest electric company.

Westar Energy charges different rates in its northern and southern divisions. It wants to put the same charges for some items — such as transmission costs — on all customers' bills.

The Kansas Corporation Commission began hearings last week and plans to have one Thursday in Wichita, broadcasting it at the KCC's offices in Topeka. The KCC has until late October to rule.

Westar formed when two utilities merged in the 1990s. The Wichita-based company serving what is now Westar's southern division had higher rates than the Topeka utility serving what became the northern division.

The KCC has narrowed the gap. Westar believes the rates are close enough to allow consolidation.


lounger 8 years, 10 months ago

We need a progressive power company. Not one that uses the same old same old (Filthy Coal). Wind, Solar and so on will be the future. If westar doesnt get with it someone will fill the gap and they will be history....

KansasVoter 8 years, 10 months ago

Westar's customers in the southern division are paying higher rates because they're still paying off the Wolf Creek nuclear power station. They shouldn't raise our rates to pay for their power plants.

kansasmutt 8 years, 10 months ago

This will be increase #3 boys and girls. First was about 20 months ago for 11% than another just this last 6 months of 14% , just wait, if they get what they want now it can be 25% or more. They end the year with a nice profit of $47 Billion , but need more. What a great corp bunch of great peoples.I bet they wont post the payroll of the top 10 managment heads on here. 6 figure plus sallaries and i bet another sallary increase is on the way too.We suffer , they get richer and live better.

Bob Burton 8 years, 10 months ago


The rates are with in penny's of each other now, the problem is you people in the north have not felt the pain that the people in the south have felt.. You need to feel the pain for a couple of decades first before the rates are equalizied..

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