The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) will be hearing cases requesting increases to fixed charges for KCP&L and Westar.
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See below for the hearing schedules.
The KCC will hold public hearings to provide customers an opportunity to speak to the Commission about proposed rate increases. The public hearings will consist of brief presentations by each of the Parties and an opportunity for customers to make official comments before the Commission.
The KCC will accept written comments from customers through June 16 for KCP&L customers and August 11 for Westar customers.
July 21- public hearing
July 23 - public hearing
August 11 - Public comments are due
October 28 - KCC decision on Westar Docket
For KCP&L Customers (15-KCPE-116-RTS):
KCPL proposes increasing the residential customer charge from $10.71 to $19.00.
KCPL filed an application for a $67.3 million base rate increase. Base rates will increase about 10.5%.
Overall: KCPL estimates a typical residential customer will see average monthly bills increase by $11 to $12.
Why: The primary driver behind the rate increase is the environmental upgrade project at the La Cygne coal fired generation plant. Other costs include the repairs and outage costs at the Wolf Creek nuclear plant.
The KCC site explains the rate case in more detail here.
When: May 18, 2015, 6:00 p.m.Where: KU Edwards Campus BEST Conference Center12604 Quivira Road Overland Park, KS 66213Do you plan to attend or submit comments? Let us know!Need a ride to the hearing? We'll be coordinating carpooling for the hearing.Any person requiring special accommodations at the hearing site under The Americans with Disabilities Act needs to provide notice to the Commission at least 10 days prior to the scheduled hearing by calling 1-800-662-0027.
The Commission will accept written comments from KCP&L customers through June 16, 2015. Comments should reference Docket No. 15-KCPE-116-RTS and be e-mailed to email@example.com. You may also mail comments to the Kansas Corporation Commission Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, 1500 SW Arrowhead Road, Topeka, KS 66604 or call 1-800-662-0027.
For Westar Customers (15-WSEE-115-RTS):
Westar is proposing to increase residential rates by 12.1% or about $9 per month for the average residential customer.
Additionally, Westar proposes to increase the monthly customer from $12 to $15 next year and additional $3 dollar increases yearly until the monthly customer charge reaches $27 in five years.
Westar is proposing three different rate designs for residential customers.
Customers with new solar panels will be forced to pay much higher rates.
Why: The primary driver is to recover the remaining costs of the $1.2 billion environmental upgrade at the La Cygne generation plant. Westar is also requesting cost recovery for expenditures at the Wolfcreek nuclear power plant as the plant life has been extended from 40 to 60 years. Westar is replacing its old residential meters with new digital meters.
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*The Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board (CURB) is the consumer advocate for residential and small commercial consumers of utilities. Their April 2015 newsletter has detailed discussions on the KCPL and Westar rate cases.
The Wind Coalition and the Climate and Energy Project released new poll data showing that Kansans overwhelmingly support the development of renewable energy resources in Kansas and the state’s 2009 renewable energy law.
Kansas voters support the 2009 energy law across the political spectrum. The poll found the law has 73 percent among Republicans, 75 percent among Independents and 82 percent among Democrats. Two-thirds of voters would support increasing the state’s renewable energy law, even if it meant a $1-2 increase in their bill.
"More than two-thirds of Kansans support Governor Brownback’s renewable energy policy. Even more, 76% want more of their electricity to be generated by wind. Such strong support should encourage the Kansas Legislature to maintain the current policy on renewable energy. After the creation of 12,000 jobs in this industry, this is no time to turn back to old, outdated policy.” Karin Brownlee, Kansans for Wind Energy
The results of the poll were announced on Thursday, January 23rd, at 11:00am CST.