Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Westar Requests $17.4 Million Price Increase

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Westar Requests $17.4 Million Price Increase

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Westar Energy filed Wednesday to raise its prices by 1 percent, or about $17.4 million, an increase that would raise the average residential bill by about $1.54 per month.

The energy company filed its abbreviated rate request with the Kansas Corporation Commission to recover costs that weren't available when last year's full price review was done, said Westar spokeswoman Gina Penzig.

Of the $17.4 million request, the bulk, or $10 million, is related to environmental upgrades at power plants, primarily in the LaCygne Generation Station, necessary to meet federal requirements of the Clean Air Act, she said.

The plant is co-owned by Westar and Kansas City Power & Light, and the two entities evenly divide the work. It was estimated in 2011 when the KCC authorized the expenditures, to cost $1. …

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