KCC Rate Cases

The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) will be hearing cases requesting increases to fixed charges for KCP&L and Westar.    


CEP will keep you informed of these rate cases across the state.  To best serve you, please tell us who your electric utility is in this simple form.  


FAQ about the Rate Cases

Check out this FAQ sheet.


How you can help:
1.  Attend a Public Hearing
See below for the  hearing schedules.

2.  Offer comments at a Public Hearing
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.  

3.  Submit public comments
The KCC will accept written comments from customers through June 16 for KCP&L customers and August 11 for Westar customers.  

Important dates.
KCPL customers:
May 18 - Public Hearing, 6 PM, Overland Park
June 16 - Public comments due
September 10 - KCC decision on KCPL Docket

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):

  1. KCPL proposes increasing the residential customer charge from $10.71 to $19.00.

  2. 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.


KCP&L Public Hearing
When:  May 18, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
Where:  KU Edwards Campus BEST Conference Center
              12604 Quivira Road Overland Park, KS 66213
Do 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.
KCP&L Written Comments 
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 public.affairs@kcc.ks.gov.  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):

  1. Westar is proposing to increase residential rates by 12.1% or about $9 per month for the average residential customer.

  2. 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.

  3. Westar is proposing three different rate designs for residential customers.

  4. 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.

Legislative Issues

Renewable Portfolio Standards
In May of 2009, Governor Mark Parkinson signed into law HB 2369 which included a provision enacting a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) for the state of Kansas. The RPS requires every regulated public utility to own or purchase renewable generation based on their nameplate capacity. The standard set minimum threshold percentages of the utility’s average three-year annual peak retail sales:
• 10 percent for 2011-2015
• 15 percent for 2016-2019
• 20 percent for 2020 and beyond
Clean Power Plan
What is America’s Clean Power Plan?
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to cut carbon
pollution from power plants.
What is the state’s role in the Clean Power Plan?
Under the Clean Air Act, section 111(d) EPA establishes guidelines to control air pollution from existing power plants and then Kansas designs a program to meet those guidelines and meet our federal reduction target.

Renewable Energy Poll


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 Energy Poll Toplines
The poll, conducted by North Star Opinion Research, shows that Kansans almost unanimously support increasing renewable energy development and that the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard enacted in 2009 enjoys overwhelming support statewide.
A presentation on the results of the Survey of Kansas Registered Voters Regarding Energy Issues was conducted before media and showed that two-thirds of Kansas voters support increasing the renewable energy standards to 25 percent. Click below for the entire presentation. 

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. 

  Kansas Poll Press Release


"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

  Kansans Remarks of Poll Results 


The results of the poll were announced on Thursday, January 23rd, at 11:00am CST.

  Kansas Poll Teleconference