Regulators Approve Westar Energy Rate Hike

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ State regulators have granted Westar Energy's request for a $43.6 million rate increase.

The Kansas Corporation Commission on Thursday approved an increase that would raise residential and small-business bills $83.5 million. Rates paid by businesses and school district would have rates reduced by $50 million.

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 Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board says homeowners who use 900 kilowatt hours will pay about $2.59 more a month. The increase will take effect April 2.

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

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