April 15, 2013
Westar Energy today filed with the Kansas Corporation Commission a request to increase rates by $31.7 million or about
1.7 percent. Westar is incurring about $42 million more in costs as a result of EPA requirements to upgrade one of its power plants; but will offset about $10 million of that with cost reductions
Westar’s request also includes re-examining how rates are set for different types of customers, a more flexible economic development program and a fund to assist low income customers.
For about a quarter of our residential customers, about 150,000 homes that use less than 500 kilowatt hours per month, the proposed increase will be $4 per month, or about 13 cents per day. For households with higher consumption of about 900 kilowatt hours per month, the proposed increase will be about $7.50 per month, or about 25 cents per day.
“We know that even a few cents more per day can strain some budgets, so we have suggested a low-income fund that would be administered by a third party to help those community members most in need,” Peggy Ricketts, vice president, Customer Care, said.
Westar’s filing is based on the results of a 2011 rate review.