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KCC to Consider Westar Rate Increases — Share Your Thoughts!

12 months ago | May 15, 2018
Westar Energy customers in Kansas may soon see an increase in their monthly service fee as well as electric rates. And solar customer bills could climb even higher if a new tariff is approved.

The increases are part of a combined rate case that Westar Energy has filed (docket 18-WSEE-328-RTS) with the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC). The request includes a $4 increase in the standard monthly service fee, which would climb to $18.50, and a surcharge for some residential solar customers, raising their bills by an average of 50%.

How will the rate increase affect me?

  • Residential solar customers who installed on or after October 28, 2015, will see an average bill increase of 50%.

  • Residential and business electric customers will see increased monthly service fees from $70 to $840 annually.

  • Electric vehicle owners will see new rates.

Why: The Westar filing includes an initial rate decrease of $1.56 million, due in part to federal tax changes, that would take effect in September, followed by a $54.2 million rate increase starting in February of 2019. The combined increase is $52.6 million.


Read more in this KMUW article: Westar Wants Kansans To Pay For Peak Power. What Could It Mean For Your Energy Bill?


The Kansas Corporation Commission plans a hearing on the Westar rate case at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at the Washburn Institute of Technology in Topeka.

For those unable to attend the hearing, public comments may be submitted to the KCC until 5 p.m. July 18. They may be submitted online, by phone at 1-800-662-0027, or by snail mail.

Join the Climate + Energy Project and other clean energy advocates at the KCC hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at the Washburn Institute of Technology.  

If you can’t attend, share your thoughts on the rate increase online, by phone, or by snail mail with the KCC!


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  3. Deena L Burnett's avatar Deena L Burnett

    Westar shareholders will benefit yet again, while those who strive to keep their bills as low as possible, using less energy during peak times will be penalized. No. Just no.

    #8 – 22 May, 2018 at 4:04 pm

  4. Eric Trump's avatar Eric Trump

    What is Westar doing with the millions of dollars in savings from the GOP tax cut scam? Why aren't they using that to upgrade infrastructure?

    Solar panels generate the most electricity when the demand on the grid is the greatest. How can Westar claim that they disrupt the grid, especially when solar customers represent such a small percentage of their clientele? As far as the fairness argument, bicycles use the roads but don't pay gas tax. I think that is a similar argument. Westar is only seeking to increase their profits and to protect the fossil fuel industry.

    #7 – 22 May, 2018 at 10:00 am

  5. Andrew's avatar Andrew

    As more of us struggle to pay the bills and put a decent meal on the table for our loved ones another monopolistic company asks our representatives for the right to charge us more for less. A company that has increased rates year after year. When will the people who work hard for there paycheck everyday be accounted for?

    It is also aporabil that citizens who try to sooth the financial burden imposed by this company & help our climate that is in crisis by installing solar panels are now being punished for those good works!

    I say no to this monstrous plan of gouging the poor and concisely minded people of Kansas to give to the already rich.

    #6 – 17 May, 2018 at 2:58 pm

  6. Gwen Cole's avatar Gwen Cole

    Do not allow Westar increases. It seems they are always requesting increases every month. I’m on a fixed income and that is the most expensive utility that I have. Those that are on a fixed income or low income are being forced to go without electricity. And then charge the people that have solar panels 50 percent more is over the top.

    #5 – 17 May, 2018 at 11:50 am

  7. Dorlan Bales's avatar Dorlan Bales

    This bundle of requests to raise rates would create a hardship for many customers.

    Why not repeal the KS law that requires Westar to pay stockholders a 9% dividend? Should wealthy shareholders benefit at the expense of low and moderate income ratepayers, including those who are generating electricity and reducing the need to build additional Westar generating capacity? It's time for a change!

    #4 – 17 May, 2018 at 9:32 am

  8. Sherman's avatar Sherman

    Everyone knows that The Kansas Corporation Commission is in place to protect consumers in name only, unless their names happen to be Koch

    #3 – 17 May, 2018 at 9:02 am

  9. William Stofer's avatar William Stofer

    Don't allow Westar to gouge what few taxpayers are left in this backwards state. We are over taxed as it is, we are not a tourist destination, we have few natural features, we have a mass exodus of our youth, and this state makes no effort to attract green energy companies and forward thinking tech companies. Do you have a motto of "We must never progress!"

    Do the right thing, allow us to be able to afford to cool and heat our homes and small business without breaking the bank. Take the time to look at the other states around us who are investing in alternative energies and environmentally friendly transportation.

    Protect what consumers are left, do the right thing and have our backs!

    #2 – 17 May, 2018 at 8:01 am

  10. Lori Lawrence's avatar Lori Lawrence

    This docket has too many different issues combined. Each of them needs to be a separate request.

    Do not allow Westar to continue to take advantage of their customers. I am one. I want other options. We must change the way our system requires only Regional Monopolies and forcing consumers to pay so investors can have high dividends is theft. That must change. The KCC can petition the legislature to do that. Why haven't you?

    These requests are unreasonable for customers who are trying to SAVE money and so they are punishing those who do so. Many in the Westar area will DIE because they cannot afford to use their air conditioner in the summer. The Kansas Corporation Commission is in place to PROTECT consumers and you must do that here as never before.

    The Westar business model is outdated. The future is not in coal and forcing me to pay for their clean up. They must change their methods and start doing this TODAY. Take advantage of what their distributed generation customers have to offer! Move forward not back!

    #1 – 15 May, 2018 at 5:28 pm

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