Westar Rate Hearings Held This Week

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Westar Energy is holding three public hearings this week on its request for a 15-percent increase in residential electric rates.

The first hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in Salina at the Holiday Inn Convention Center; Wednesday's hearing is set for the Kansas Corporation Commission in Topeka; the Wichita hearing is Thursday at the Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center.

All of the hearings begin at 7 p.m.

Westar has applied with the KCC for a $177.6 million rate hike for retail electric customers. Residential customers would see an average monthly increase of about $10.

Westar serves 675,000 customers in Kansas.

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