KCP&L Rate Case (demand charges)

KCP&L Docket # 18-KCPE-480-RTS

KCP&L submitted a rate proposal to the Kansas Corporation Commission requesting several rate design changes, some of which could have a positive outcome for clean energy in our state. However, they are also requesting demand charges for solar customers. Demand charges are confusing and unpredictable for homeowners and undermine the value of energy conservation, discouraging homeowners from choosing solar to power their homes.

Explanation of demand charges and how they impact solar users:

Currently a residential KCP&L customer is billed a monthly fixed customer charge and an energy charge which is the amount billed for the kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity used. Under the proposed changes residential KCP&L customers who install solar would become subject to a three-part rate; a monthly fixed customer charge, a slightly lower per kWh charge for electricity used, and a new demand charge measured in kW.

Demand is based on the highest capacity required during a given billing period. In the proposal, demand for an entire month would be set by the highest 15 minute interval of usage during the hours of 2-7 p.m., Monday - Friday. The cost would be $9/kW of demand from May - August, and $3/kW of demand from September - April.

As a KCP&L customer you can contact KCP&L to ask what your average monthly demand is. Multiply that number by the $9 to see how this proposed change would impact your bill during the summer months and by $3 to see the impact outside summer months.

To learn more about demand charges, watch this short video.

Read more here: https://www.kansas.com/news/local/article214033014.html#sto

How to engage


The KCC needs to hear from Kansans about this issue.  Your voice matters!  

Aug. 23, 2018, 6-8 p.m.

2) Submit a comment to the KCC online. 
3) Write a letter to the editor.

Online: http://kcc.ks.gov/pi/complaint.cgi?dkt=18-KCPE-480-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 

Submit comments by October 17th at 5 pm.

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