Consumer group calls for Westar Energy rate cuts

The group is asking regulators to reject increase

Kansas consumer advocates are recommending state utility regulators reject Westar Energy's request for a $17.2 million rate increase and instead order the company to cut rates. 

Employees of the Kansas Corporation Commission and the Citizens Utility Ratepayer Board recommended this week that the commission cut Westar rates for customers by at least $69 million. The board, or CURB, is a state agency representing consumers in utility rate cases. 

Westar provides service to about 700,000 customers in Kansas. The company has filed a rate request that translates to an increase of $2.80 a month for the average residential customer. 

But KCC staff and CURB are urging regulators to reject the idea that Westar needs any overall rate increase. 

Westar is expected to submit a rebuttal July 2. 

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