TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Westar Energy is seeking a 15 percent rate hike that would add about $10 to a home's average monthly electric bill.
The utility filed with the Kansas Corporation Commission Wednesday to raise nearly $178 million in new revenue. The request cites expenses related to new natural gas plants, wind energy and restoring power during the December ice storm. Repairs after the winter storm cost $69 million.
Topeka-based Westar serves 675,000 homes and businesses in Kansas.
Westar said that since 2004, it has spent $1.2 billion on new facilities, transmission and distribution lines and emission controls for its power plants.