Westar rate increase takes effect Monday

? Kansas regulators have approved a $32 million increase in electric rates for Westar Energy Inc.

The increase takes effect Monday. The extra revenue will help Westar pay for improvements on pollution-control equipment at its generating plants.

Westar says monthly electric bills will rise by an average of $2.95 for residential customers in its northern division. That region includes Lawrence, Olathe, Salina and Topeka.

In the southern division, which includes Wichita, Westar says the monthly increase for residential customers will average 88 cents.

The Kansas Corporation Commission approved the increase Friday.