Archive for Thursday, November 21, 2013

Kansas approves $30.7M Westar rate increase

November 21, 2013


TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Corporation Commission on Thursday formally approved Westar Energy's rate increase request, signing off on a $30.7 million September settlement.

Regulators announced the unanimous approval of the settlement, which brokered by Westar officials, KCC staff and the Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board. The increases in electric utility bills will take effect Dec. 1.

Westar applied for the rate increase mostly to pay for required environmental upgrades at its La Cygne power plant in eastern Kansas. The settlement did not include Westar's proposal to shift about $50 million of cost from its large industrial and commercial customers to residential and small-business ratepayers.

Under the settlement, residential customers will get the biggest increase, $18 million, followed by small businesses with a $12.7 million increase. Medium-sized business rates would go up $3.9 million; large industrial customers will pay $3.2 million; cities and other street lighting customers, $2.1 million, and school districts, $500,000.

The KCC estimated that residential customers who use an average of 900 kilowatt hours per month would see their monthly rates increase by $3.

Westar serves nearly 700,000 customers in eastern and central Kansas, including the cities of Topeka, Wichita and Pittsburg. The Topeka-based utility has 7,200 megawatts of electricity generating capacity.


Mn Lindeman 4 years, 5 months ago

What a load of garbage, enough already.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 5 months ago

Duped again by the political power of over paid CEO's, cost of golden parachutes ,special interest campaign contributions and dumb politicians.

Beator 4 years, 5 months ago

I'll pay anything to save the environment. What ever the EPA wants they get because I need electricity.

Michael LoBurgio 4 years, 5 months ago

Under a separate contract, Occidental Chemical plant in Wichita, one of Westar's largest customers, will receive a $9.7 million rate reduction.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 5 months ago

Let’s get on with it. The research has been done….. thankfully by a large group of scientists. Yes the USA and our citizens have many many choices.

A combination of new energy sources would produce cleaner and more efficient energy. Additionally this combination would not only provide way more jobs throughout the states but also safer employment.

Rebuilding economies:

The Plan:



Bio Mass

Geo Thermal

Hydro Power

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