HAYS, Kan. (AP) Thousands of electricity customers in Kansas will soon pay more for power. State regulators have approved a rate increase for Midwest Energy, the Hays-based utility that serves 80,000 customers across central and western Kansas.
The Hay Daily News reported yesterday that customers in Midwest's ``M'' system _ the part of the utility company north and west of Great Bend _ face a rise of about 13.6 percent.
Customers south of Great Bend will see an average increase of
16.2 percent. The rise took effect earlier this week and in the middle of the billing cycle _ meaning the full impact might not be felt until after September bills go out.
The company says rising power demand is behind the increase, as
well as costs associated with operating Midwest's new Goodman
Energy Center northwest of Hays.