Kansas regulators deny utility rate increase request to fund purchase

The Kansas Corporation Commission announced Thursday that it has denied a rate increase request from Westar Energy.

The KCC says in a release that Westar, now Evergy, requested a rate increase to help the company pay for an 8-percent investment in the Jeffrey Energy Center. Westar and Kansas City Power & Light already owned 92% of the energy center.

According to the KCC the request, if granted, would have cost utility customers $93 million over the next 15 years.

The commission order says Westar…


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