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Energy
7:22 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Westar Proposed Rate Hike Under Review

Kansas regulators will review a proposal to let the state's largest electric company raise rates for residential customers by an average of $3 a month.

The Kansas Corporation Commission'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.

The company had proposed a slightly higher overall increase, mostly to pay for environmental upgrades at its La Cygne power plant in eastern Kansas.

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Energy
7:31 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Westar Seeks Renewable Energy Bids

Westar Energy Inc. is trying to expand its renewable energy portfolio.

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.

Westar has almost 700 megawatts of renewable energy resources in Kansas, in addition to its coal and natural gas power plants.

Energy
12:56 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Is Westar Asking For Too Much Money? Consumer Advocate Group Says Yes

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.

An attorney for the Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board filed testimony with the Kansas Corporation Commission yesterday, saying Westar could reduce its rate increase request by $1 million and still accomplish its goals.

CURB also argues against Westar's plan to shift the burden of the increase away from large businesses to residential customers.

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Energy
6:56 am
Fri July 12, 2013

More Than 80 Residents Blast Westar's Proposed Rate Hikes

Around 80 people gathered in Topeka for the hearing Thursday.
Credit Stephen Koranda

State regulators took public comments last night on a proposed Westar Energy rate increase.

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.

About 80 people showed up in Topeka for the hearing, and many of them lined up to blast the proposal.

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Energy
7:05 am
Mon July 8, 2013

There's Another Public Meeting on Westar Energy's Proposed Rate Hikes Thursday

The Kansas Corporation Commission is holding another public hearing on Westar Energy's request to boost rates for residential customers and cut rates for big commercial customers.

Residents can attend the hearing Thursday at 6 pm at the Kansas Corporation Commission office in Topeka.

If you can't make it to Topeka, you can also participate by video conference in several locations:

Energy
6:21 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Westar Wants Rate Hikes For Residential, Small Business Customers

Westar Energy is asking to raise the rates on residential and small business customers and lower the rates for large businesses.

Homeowners or small businesses would pay 6 to 9 percent more under Westar Energy's latest plan. Big businesses that buy lots of power would pay 6 to 15 percent less.

Westar officials say industrial users and other large-volume customers are paying more than their share.

Business
7:31 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Copper Theft Up; Westar Says Customers Will Pay for Replacements

Credit Westar Energy's Facebook page

Westar Energy officials who are dealing with $200,000 in damage at a substation over the weekend say thieves also hit two other substations.

The utility discovered damage Monday at substations near Valley Center and in Wichita.  Westar Manager Doug VenJohn says thieves have hit 31 substations just in April. There were only 15 similar thefts in all of 2012.

Westar crews were at six different substations Monday to make repairs related to copper thefts. The company will replace the stolen copper with materials that have no scrap value.

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Crime
6:56 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Copper Thieves Got Away, But Are Likely Injured

Kansas utility company officials say someone who caused a power outage and more than $150,000 in damage at a substation could possibly be seriously injured.

Westar crews went to check on a Wichita substation at 5:45 a.m. Saturday found grounding cables and copper wire missing and noticed the chain link fence was cut.

Westar says whoever broke into the substation was messing with dangerous materials and probably was severely injured when the transformer shorted out. They could possibly be blind, deaf and seriously burned.

Hurricane Sandy
5:50 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Westar Crews Help Restore Power on East Coast

An over head power line suspended by towers and poles.
Credit Michael Kappel / Flickr

Crews from Westar Energy are helping restore the power in Wilkes Barre, Penn., after Hurricane Sandy left damage and widespread power outages in its wake.

Westar Spokesman Nick Bundy says helping out now could later benefit customers in Kansas.

"Once their done assisting this utility company, which it sounds like they didn't get the brunt of it, I imagine they will go on to assist another utility company," he says.

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