Westar Rate Increase

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.

How to engage


The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) needs to hear from Kansans about this issue.  Your voice matters!  


Online: http://kcc.ks.gov/pi/complaint.cgi?dkt=18-WSEE-328-RTS

Email: public.affairs@kcc.ks.gov

Fax: (785) 271-3111

Phone:  1-800-662-0027 or (785) 271-3140

TDD Kansas Relay Center: (800) 766-3777

Mail:  Kansas Corporation Commission,

Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection,

1500 SW Arrowhead Rd., Topeka, KS 66604-4027.

Reference Docket No 18-WSEE-328-RTS 

The second commission hearing took place on June 28th.  

Submit comments by July 18th at 5 pm.

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