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More on Westar's rate increase request

July 11, 2013

Another hearing takes place tonight in Topeka on a proposed rate increase for residential customers of Westar Energy. Here are the details:

The public is encouraged to make comments regarding the proposed rate increase request at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 11 at the offices of the Kansas Corporation Commission, 1500 SW Arrowhead Road in Topeka.

Written comments can be submitted through Sept. 23 to the Kansas Corporation Commission, Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, 1500 SW Arrowhead Road, Topeka, KS 66604-4027 or via email to public.affairs@kcc.ks.gov. All written comments should reference: Docket No 13-WSEE-629-RTS.

We believe this is yet another example of consumers – taxpayers – footing the bill for renewable energy mandates on power companies.

As you are preparing any comments you might wish to submit, here are some points to remember:

· Focusing exclusively on renewable energy sources drives up energy costs for everyone, putting added stress on family budgets. Requiring these renewable energy mandates will force the customer to shoulder a bigger burden.

· The upgrades to Westar’s power plant are required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is just another example of the federal government forcing higher energy prices on Kansans.

· Of course the environment is an important consideration, but increasing these demands on power suppliers drives up energy costs and puts added stress on family budgets.

· Government support for green energy and green jobs, and stricter standards on existing energy suppliers only drives up energy costs on the backs of hard-working taxpayers. Driving up energy costs hurts Kansas families.

Here are a couple of places to learn more about renewable portfolio standards, and the proposed rate increase:

  • To learn more facts about renewable portfolio standards, please read this Need to Know primer by our sister organization, Americans for Prosperity Foundation.
  • For Kansas-specific information, please check out Kansas Policy Institute’s study on the economic impacts of the renewable portfolio standards.
  • For more about this proposed rate increase, read this from Wichita Liberty, Westar rate increase contains business welfare.

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