Regulators Looking Into Westar's Use of Lines

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Westar Energy says federal regulators are
looking into whether the utility manipulated how it used its
transmission lines, which could raise customer bills.
The Topeka-based company disclosed the ``preliminary,
nonpublic'' investigation by the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission in a securities filing Friday. In the filing, Westar
said the investigation covered the company's involvement in the
Southwest Power Pool, which covers six other states, in 2006 and
2007.
Bruce Burns, Westar's director of investor relations, told The
Salina Journal that the commission was questioning whether the
company was ``over-reserving'' capacity on the lines and preventing
other utilities from using them.
The company said it believed it had complied with all
regulations.


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