Westar requests rate hike to recover investments for EPA compliance

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TOPEKA, Kansas – Westar filed a request with the Kansas Corporation Commission to adjust its prices by 7.9 percent or $152 million.

The requested increase reflects costs of mandated environmental upgrades to comply with clean air regulations, life-extension improvements to Wolf Creek Nuclear Generating Station and investments to protect the grid against power outages, among other costs.

The KCC will scrutinize the request, with a resulting price adjustment to occur late this year.

Westar’s filing has three primary components:

  1. To recover costs of the clean air retrofits to its La Cygne Energy Center and costs related to improving Wolf Creek
  2. To seek approval for a five-year program to strengthen the power grid against storms and outages
  3. To request authority from the KCC to offer customers their choice of rate plans that best fit their needs and budgets.

Westar has invested nearly $2 billion during the past few years to keep its power plants in compliance with environmental regulations. The improvements at the La Cygne power plant alone, operated by and co-owned with Kansas City Power & Light, cost Westar about $600 million.ADDITIONAL INFO | Westar Energy Press Release

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