5:03 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Westar Energy Rate Increase Request Shows Shift Towards Flat Rate Fees

Wolf Creek Nuclear Plant
Credit Nuclear Regulatory Commission, flickr Creative Commons

Since 2009, Westar Energy has increased its rates 22 times. Over that same period, energy bills for residential users have increased 40 to 50 percent. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur takes a closer look at the company’s most recent rate increase proposal and how it could change the way some customers look at their energy consumption…

Earlier this week, Westar Energy filed a rate increase request that would bring in an additional $152 million a year. According to the company, the added revenue is needed to keep up with government regulations and to maintain its infrastructure.

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3:29 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Westar Energy Expands Renewable Energy Portfolio

Westar Energy is adding to its renewable energy portfolio through a new wind farm, while retiring two older natural gas plants in Wichita. KMUW's Deborah Shaar has the story.

Westar announced Tuesday that it plans to buy wind energy from a new wind farm going up in two western Kansas counties.

The Cedar Bluff wind farm is expected to be running by the end of 2015. It’ll provide Westar with 200 megawatts of electricity.

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10:25 am
Mon September 15, 2014

KCC Says Westar Is Charging Too Much

Recent Kansas Corporation Commission decisions on utility investments could save customers millions of dollars.

The KCC recently filed a complaint with federal authorities arguing Westar Energy is charging too much return on equity for its transmission projects.

Westar currently charges 11.3 percent. The KCC is arguing it should be 9.37 percent. The reduction could drop rates $15.8 million dollars annually.

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12:38 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

KCC Approves $3.5M For Westar Energy

The Kansas Corporation Commission has approved a plan that would allow Westar Energy to receive about $3.5 million dollars in revenue for making emissions improvements at the La Cygne power plant in eastern Kansas.

Westar also agreed not to ask for a rate increase until March.

About two-thirds of the company's customers are expected to see an increase of about 16 cents on their bills, but they will not pay more until October of 2015.

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1:01 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Westar Delays Rate Increase As Part Of An Agreement

Westar Energy has agreed to delay a request for a rate increase related to nuclear power plant upgrades as part of an agreement approved by a state commission.

The Kansas Corporation Commission approved a plan Tuesday to allow an extra $3.5 million dollars for Westar Energy to make upgrades to the La Cygne power plant.

Westar Energy and Kansas City Power & Light own the plant together and need to make upgrades to comply with federal emissions rules.

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11:29 am
Thu August 21, 2014

KCC Files Complaint Against Westar Energy

The Kansas Corporation Commission filed a complaint against Westar Energy at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Wednesday. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports.

According to a press release sent out by the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC), the complaint contends Westar is charging unjust and unreasonable electric transmission rates. If the complaint is granted, Westar’s current rates could be reduced by approximately $15.8 million annually. Based on anticipated utility growth, this figure is expected to approximately double over the next five years.

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9:45 am
Fri May 23, 2014

KCC Approves Westar Energy's Rate Increase

Credit www.westarenergyblog.com

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.

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.

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9:06 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Westar Begins $200K Solar Panel Project; Petitions To Reduce Benefits For Consumers Who Go Solar

The largest electric utility in Kansas has begun a $200,000 solar panel project in Lawrence.

Topeka-based Westar Energy is installing 160 solar panels at its maintenance facility and service center in southeast Lawrence.

The utility is also installing solar panels on buildings it owns in Manhattan and Shawnee.

Community members can also use the company's website to monitor how the solar panels are performing.

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9:53 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Agency Asks KCC To Dismiss Westar's Request For New Prepay Program

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.

The Citizen's Utility Ratepayer Board filed a motion Monday asking the Kansas Corporation Commission to dismiss Westar's application for the program.

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.

9:10 am
Fri November 22, 2013

KCC Approves Rate Increase For Westar Energy Customers

Kansas Corporation Commission approved a customer rate increase for Westar Energy customers Thursday, saying it was due to increased costs from EPA regulations.

Westar's application requested a $31.7 million dollar revenue increase.

Residential customers with an average monthly consumption of 900 kilowatt hours of electricity will see an average monthly increase of $3.00.

The new rates go into effect on December 1, 2013.

The increase is due to the actual capital improvement costs Westar incurred while meeting EPA regulations at its La Cygne power plant.