Hearings Scheduled on Westar Rate Proposal

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas regulators have scheduled hearings on a proposal from Westar Energy Inc. for a 15 percent increase in electric rates.

The Kansas Corporation Commission has scheduled hearings for Sept. 2-4 in Salina, Topeka and Wichita to take public testimony.

It has scheduled 12 days of hearings in Topeka starting Oct. 29 for attorneys to question Westar executives, utility consultants and others.

The commission has until Jan. 23 to rule on Westar's proposal.

The Topeka-based company estimates homeowners and apartment dwellers would see their monthly bills increase $10.

It says it needs additional revenues cover the costs of new power plants and wind farms and to help it recover from winter storms.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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