Westar http://kmuw.org en KCC Approves Westar Energy's Rate Increase http://kmuw.org/post/kcc-approves-westar-energys-rate-increase <p></p><p>The Kansas Corporation Commission has approved Westar Energy's rate increase request to help pay for environmental projects. This means residential customers who use about 900 kilowatt hours will pay about 67 cents more per month, for a total of $3.49 of each bill dedicated to environmental projects.</p><p>Westar will collect about $58 million to cover its environmental costs. The company had requested $1.2 million more than it received. That's about $11 million more than the utility recovered last year.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 14:45:05 +0000 Associated Press 34901 at http://kmuw.org KCC Approves Westar Energy's Rate Increase Westar Begins $200K Solar Panel Project; Petitions To Reduce Benefits For Consumers Who Go Solar http://kmuw.org/post/westar-begins-200k-solar-panel-project-petitions-reduce-benefits-consumers-who-go-solar <p>The largest electric utility in Kansas has begun a $200,000 solar panel project in Lawrence.</p><p>Topeka-based Westar Energy is installing 160 solar panels at its maintenance facility and service center in southeast Lawrence.</p><p>The utility is also installing solar panels on buildings it owns in Manhattan and Shawnee.</p><p>Community members can also use the company's website to monitor how the solar panels are performing.</p><p>In addition to the solar panel project, Westar has also joined other utilities in Kansas to petition legislators to rewrite a state renewable energy law.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 15:06:56 +0000 Associated Press 29839 at http://kmuw.org Agency Asks KCC To Dismiss Westar's Request For New Prepay Program http://kmuw.org/post/agency-asks-kcc-dismiss-westars-request-new-prepay-program <p>An agency that represents small utility customers is asking the state to reject Westar Energy's plan to allow some customers to prepay their bills.</p><p>The Citizen's Utility Ratepayer Board filed a motion Monday asking the Kansas Corporation Commission to dismiss Westar's application for the program.</p><p>Westar applied in October to allow about 1,000 customers to prepay their bills. The utility says it would allow customers to make smaller payments rather than pay a large bill at the end of the month. KCC deferred the application until May.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 15:53:03 +0000 Associated Press 28637 at http://kmuw.org KCC Approves Rate Increase For Westar Energy Customers http://kmuw.org/post/kcc-approves-rate-increase-westar-energy-customers <p>Kansas Corporation Commission approved a customer rate increase for Westar Energy customers Thursday, saying it was due to increased costs from EPA regulations.</p><p>Westar's application requested a $31.7 million dollar revenue increase.</p><p>Residential customers with an average monthly consumption of 900 kilowatt hours of electricity will see an average monthly increase of $3.00.</p><p>The new rates go into effect on December 1, 2013.</p><p>The increase is due to the actual capital improvement costs Westar incurred while meeting EPA regulations at its La Cygne power plant.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 15:10:18 +0000 Associated Press 26661 at http://kmuw.org Westar To Purchase Energy From Okla. Wind Farm http://kmuw.org/post/westar-purchase-energy-okla-wind-farm <p>Westar Energy plans to purchase 200 megawatts of electricity from a northern Oklahoma wind farm expected to begin operating in late 2016.<br /><br />The Topeka-based utility announced Wednesday that it had reached a purchase agreement with Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy.<br /><br />Westar already has about 700 megawatts of electricity from renewable resources.<br /> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 13:30:55 +0000 Associated Press 25954 at http://kmuw.org Westar Proposed Rate Hike Under Review http://kmuw.org/post/westar-proposed-rate-hike-under-review <p>Kansas regulators will review a proposal to let the state&#39;s largest electric company raise rates for residential customers by an average of $3 a month.<br /><br />The Kansas Corporation Commission&#39;s hearing Thursday focuses on a settlement involving Westar Energy and representatives of its customers. The deal would let Westar boost overall rates by about $31 million annually, or less than 2 percent.<br /><br />The company had proposed a slightly higher overall increase, mostly to pay for environmental upgrades at its La Cygne&nbsp;power plant in eastern Kansas.<br /> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:22:05 +0000 Associated Press 23993 at http://kmuw.org Westar Seeks Renewable Energy Bids http://kmuw.org/post/westar-seeks-renewable-energy-bids <p>Westar Energy Inc. is trying to expand its renewable energy portfolio.<br><br>The state's largest electric utility says it's accepting proposals from developers to add at least 80 megawatts of wind energy production, through September 13. Westar wants to enter into long-term contracts to help it meet state renewable energy requirements for 2016. The standard requires utilities to get 15 percent of their peak power through renewable sources.<br><br>Westar has almost 700 megawatts of renewable energy resources in Kansas, in addition to its coal and natural gas power plants.<br> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 12:31:54 +0000 Associated Press 22360 at http://kmuw.org Is Westar Asking For Too Much Money? Consumer Advocate Group Says Yes http://kmuw.org/post/westar-asking-too-much-money-consumer-advocate-group-says-yes <p>A Kansas consumer advocate agency is saying that Westar Energy, Inc. can make necessary environmental improvements at its power plants with a smaller rate increase than it requested.</p><p>An attorney for the<a href="http://curb.kansas.gov/"> Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board</a> filed testimony with the Kansas Corporation Commission yesterday, saying Westar could reduce its rate increase request by $1 million and still accomplish its goals.</p><p>CURB also argues against Westar's plan to shift the burden of the increase away from large businesses to residential customers.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 17:56:12 +0000 Kate Clause & Associated Press 22325 at http://kmuw.org More Than 80 Residents Blast Westar's Proposed Rate Hikes http://kmuw.org/post/more-80-residents-blast-westars-proposed-rate-hikes <p>State regulators took public comments last night on a proposed Westar Energy rate increase.</p><p>Westar is asking to raise rates by 2 percent and to shift more electricity costs from large customers to residential users and small businesses. The company said the cost shift is necessary because larger business customers are paying more than their fair share.</p><p>About 80 people showed up in Topeka for the hearing, and many of them lined up to blast the proposal.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:56:24 +0000 Stephen Koranda 20264 at http://kmuw.org More Than 80 Residents Blast Westar's Proposed Rate Hikes There's Another Public Meeting on Westar Energy's Proposed Rate Hikes Thursday http://kmuw.org/post/theres-another-public-meeting-westar-energys-proposed-rate-hikes-thursday <p>The Kansas Corporation Commission is holding <a href="http://www.kcc.state.ks.us/pi/hearing_westar_071113.pdf">another public hearing</a> on Westar Energy's request to boost rates for residential customers and cut rates for big commercial customers.</p><p>Residents can attend the hearing Thursday at 6 pm at the Kansas Corporation Commission office in Topeka.</p><p>If you can't make it to Topeka, you can also participate by video conference in several locations:</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 12:05:40 +0000 Kate Clause & Associated Press 20002 at http://kmuw.org