WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - The Kansas Gas Service has requested permission to raise its rates to recover investments it has made to remain safe and reliable.

The request was made to the Kansas Corporation Commission to raise its net base rates of $58 million. It has also proposed new residential rate options based on the energy used by the customer which could give them more control over their bills.

"We’re committed to safety, improving our system and the reliable delivery of natural gas, even in challenging weather like Winter Storm Uri in 2021 and Winter Storm Gerri this past January," said Sean Postlethwait, vice president of operations for Kansas Gas Service. “During these extraordinary winter events, our team worked around the clock to provide reliable natural gas service to more than 647,000 customer homes and businesses in 360 communities across Kansas.”

If the raise is approved, customers rates will increase by a little under $7 for those who use less natural gas and around $9.50 for those who use more.