Power & Light Seeks Increase

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Kansas City Power and Light's 800,000
customers might see higher electricity costs next summer.

The utility filed requests in Kansas and Missouri this past week seeking to increase rates by as much as 17.5 percent.

The increase in Missouri would cost the average residential customer about $168 a year.

And in Kansas, the cost would be about $150 a year. But that does not include a floating energy charge to pay for changes in the price of fuel to generate power.

Other increase requests have been granted to utility the last three years.

The increases have helped pay for such projects as environmental upgrades to existing power plants and a new coal-fired plant.