OVERVIEW



The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) will be hearing the Westar Rate case on July 21 & 23rd.  Can we count on you to stand for energy efficiency and renewable energy in Kansas? Let us know that you'll be there!  RSVP today!   http://tinyurl.com/WestarFC

FAQ about the Westar Rate Case

 

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.  

 

How you can help:
 

1.  Attend a Public Hearing

Westar Public Hearings are on July 21 and July 23 - more info.  
KCP&L hearings have concluded.

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.

Westar customers:

July 13 - Lawrence Utility Roundtable

July 16 - Manhattan Utility Roundtable 

July 21- Open House and Public Hearing

July 23 - Open House and Public Hearing

August 11 - Public comments are due
October 28 - KCC decision on Westar Docket

KCPL customers:
June 16 - Public comments due
September 10 - KCC decision on KCPL Docket

WESTAR RATE CASE

Update 09/24/2015:  

The Kansas Corporation Commission announced a settlement agreement allowing a $78 million net increase in Westar Energy electric rates.

Residential customers will see a 5.3 percent increase, increasing Westar electric bills about $5 to $7 a month.

Read the KCC Press releaseWichita Eagle, and Topeka Capital Journal Coverage.

 Overview of Westar Rate Case (Docket No 15-WSEE-115-RTS)

  1. Westar proposes to increase the monthly customer charge from $12 to $15 next year and additional $3 dollar increases yearly until the monthly customer charge reaches $27 in five years.

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

  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.

Proposed Settlement  (Joint Motion to Approve Stipulation and Agreement)

  1. Westar proposes to increase the monthly customer charge from $12 to $14.50 net year, an increase of $2.50.
  2. Westar is no longer requesting the new Stability and Demand plans for residential customers. 
  3. A separate proceeding is proposed to address pricing structures for customers who install solar panels after October 28, 2015.  

Are there models that are more "fair"?

There are many solutions to help utilities cover the necessary costs.  Our case will be based on the idea that there is a better rate design which will allow utilities to recover all of their costs of service regardless of the amount of energy they sell. It's commonly called revenue decoupling.

SUBMITTING PUBLIC COMMENTS

The Kansas Corporation Commission is no longer accepting comments from Westar customers.  The final decision will be announced on October 28th, 2015. A complete copy of Westar Energy's application and supporting testimony is available on the Commission's website at: http://www.kcc.ks.gov.  Westar customers submitted 1,439 public comments on this rate case.  All public comments are available here.

KCP&L RATE CASE

Update: 09/10/2015
The Kansas Corporation Commission approved a revenue increase of $48.6 million for Kansas City Power and Light (KCPL).  

Customer rates will increase by 9.07%, raising the fixed charge for residential customers from $10.71 to $14.00. 

 
The formal hearing concluded on June 26th. All parties except the Climate + Energy Project signed a rate design settlement agreement raising the fixed customer charge from $10.19 to $14.  Read CEP's objection to the settlement agreement,
 
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.

WhyThe 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.

The KCP&L Public Hearing took place on May 18, 2015.

 
KCP&L Written Comments 
The Commission is no longer accepting written comments from KCP&L customers 
The KCC decision on the KCPL Docket will be announced on September 10, 2015.
 


RESOURCES

Information for Press
 
Testimonies and Letters to the Editor
Information about the Rate Cases
Fixed Charge Impacts and Alternative Solutions
In the News 

ACTION ALERT - NO utility bill fee

Tell Senate Education Committee members, NO Utility Bill Increases! 
 
TODAY - the Senate Education Committee will discuss increasing monthly fees by
$2.25 per utility bill (water, gas, electric) for residential customers
and $10 per utility bill (water, gas, electric) for commercial customers
to pay for education.  Listen to live webcast at 1:30 on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

Tell Senate Education Committee members, NO Utility Bill Increases!
Kansans can't afford another fixed charge to utility bills.

Call or email Senators right now!


More information on the proposed new fees here:


 
Listen to the Senate Select Committee on Education and Finance Webcast as they discuss the issue today at 1:30!