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Make Your Voice Heard on Westar’s Rate Hike Request

Westar Energy, which serves more than 687,000 utility customers in Kansas, is asking the Kansas Corporation Commission for a $90.8 million rate increase. That’s on top of 15 rate increases since 2009 totaling almost $390 million.

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“Westar customers can’t get a break,” said David Springe, Consumer Counsel for the Citizens Utility Ratepayer Board or CURB. “The number of customers who simply can’t pay their electric bill is increasing and unfortunately, Westar says it will spend an additional $2.3 billion on construction between 2011-2013, meaning customer rates are going to continue to increase.”

CURB issued a news release January 5, 2012 recommending that Westar’s rate increase request be reduced to $33.6 million which includes:
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