KCC to Consider Westar Rate Increases — Share Your Thoughts!

10 months ago | May 15, 2018
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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!