Regulators Approve Westar Energy Rate Hike

By  | 

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ State regulators have granted Westar Energy's request for a $43.6 million rate increase to pay for increased costs of delivering electricity through the transition system.

The Wichita Eagle reports homeowners who use 900 kilowatt hours will pay about $2.59 more per month for their electricity, according to the Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board. Owners of larger homes using about 1,500 kilowatt hours will see a monthly increase of about $4.32.

The utility says the increased costs are related to building new transmission lines, some to bring Kansas wind power to market and others to improve reliability of the system or handle transmission between states.

Counting Thursday's increase, Westar's annual rates have been increased $513.8 million since 2009.

(Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle,

Posted by Melissa Brunner