Westar Energy proposes pre-paid electric bills

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Topeka, Kan. If you had big electric bills this past summer, you may be wondering how to bring those numbers down. Westar Energy is proposing a new way to do that, by paying a little more up-front.

The Pre-Pay plan is before the Kansas Corporation Commission. KAKE News reviewed the KCC filings, and found it's different from Westar's Average Payment Plan.

Customers would pay a small amount in advance for service, to avoid a big bill at the end of a month. Westar claims its meters are sophisticated enough to keep track of electric usage under this format.

Westar explains no deposit would be required under the program. But customers would have to pay a "service fee" of four dollars a month to take part. And those who get behind in their bills could have electricity limited during winter.

Westar is asking the KCC for permission to offer Pre-Pay on a pilot basis to 1,000 customers. The initial request October 1 asked for approval within 90 days. The most recent filing Tuesday indicated another 15 days is being granted for all interested parties to file documents.


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