Clean Energy Business Council Reaches Agreement with Evergy

6 months ago | Mar 22, 2019
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For immediate release: March 22, 2019

Contact: Dorothy Barnett: barnett@climateandenergy.org; 785-424-0444.

 

TOPEKA, KAN. – After months of debate in the Kansas statehouse, the Clean Energy Business Council, a project of the Climate + Energy Project presented to the Senate Utilities committee on Thursday that Evergy (Westar & KCP&L) had agreed to file a new tariff with the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) to request that Westar customers with solar installations prior to October 1, 2018, and KCP&L customers with installations prior to December 20, 2018, are grandfathered into the old rate and not subject to the mandatory demand charges.

 

"We appreciate Evergy agreeing to grandfather these customers into the old rate so solar users aren’t impacted by prohibitive rate hikes. We’re now focused on how we can make sure Kansas policies enable future solar customers to affordably access the technology for their homes. Our agreement with Evergy included their commitment to collaborate in the coming months to find reasonable solutions that will allow the industry to grow and we’re looking forward to those discussions,” said Dorothy Barnett, executive director of the Climate + Energy Project.

 

Vice Chairman of Senate Utilities Mike Petersen (R-Wichita) told Barnett in committee, "I want to thank you and the industry for getting together and figuring out how to help these folks that made their investments (in solar) and coming to a reasonable solution.”

 

The Clean Energy Business Council introduced SB 124 to eliminate the demand charges approved by the KCC in the fall. "We’ve agreed to stop pursuit of SB 124 this session so the tariff can be filed and we can work outside of the legislature to address how to value the costs and benefits of residential solar for future customers,” said Barnett.