Regulators Assert Independence from Gov.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Two state utility regulators have satisfied questions raised by a consumer advocate that they may have been
influenced by Governor Kathleen Sebelius on energy policy.

Kansas Corporation Commission members Michael Moffet and Thomas
Wright filed affirmations late Thursday afternoon stating they have had no conversations with Westar Energy or Sebelius regarding energy policy or a pending rate increase hearing.

Westar is asking regulators to give preliminary approval to raise rates to recover the costs of developing wind turbines.

The attorney for the Citizens' Utility Ratepayers Board, David Springe, raised the questions about Moffet and Wright and asked for clarification. He said Friday that he was satisfied with their responses.

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