For more information contact: Jesse Borjon, (785) 271-3269
June 28, 2013
WESTAR ENERGY, INC.
Notice of Public Hearing and Public Comment Period for Requested Rate Increase
Topeka, KS - The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) will hold a public hearing Monday, July 1, 2013, and Thursday, July 11, 2013, regarding Westar's request of a rate increase.
Each meeting will take place in two parts. During the first part, the Commission will conduct an informational meeting to allow Westar to fully explain its request to the public and to answer questions. Commission staff, the Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board (CURB), and any other interveners will also be available to answer questions. The second part is a formal public hearing to ensure that members of the public have the opportunity to make their views of the application known to the Commissioners.
Monday, July 1, 2013, Beginning at 6 p.m.
Wichita State University,
Fred Sudermann Commons (Room 132) of Eugene Hughes Metro Complex
5015 E 29th North, Wichita, KS
Thursday, July 11, 2013, Beginning at 6 p.m.
Kansas Corporation Commission
1500 SW Arrowhead Road, Topeka, KS
Or by Video Conference sites (July 11 hearing only):
K-State Salina Campus
College Center Conference Room
2310 Centennial Road, Salina, KS
Pittsburg State University
Kansas Technology Center (Room S110909)
E Ford Street, Pittsburg, KS
Hutchinson Community College
Shears Technology Center - Justice Theater (Room STC210)
1300 N Plum Street, Hutchinson, KS
The Commission will accept written and oral comments from Westar Energy customers through September 23, 2013. Comments regarding the rate request should reference Docket No 13-WSEE-629-RTS and be sent to the Kansas Corporation Commission, Office of Public Affairs and ConŽsumer Protection, 1500 SW Arrowhead Road, Topeka, KS 66604-4027. Comments may also be submitted by email at , or by calling 1-800-662-0027. Public comŽments received during the public comment period will be entered into the record in the docket. By submitting comments to the Commission, you are authorizing the Commission to make your comments and any included information publicly available.
Westar Energy has filed an application with the Kansas Corporation Commission (Commission) requesting a $31.7 million (1.7%) revenue increase for Westar Energy's retail electric customers. Westar Energy's application indicates the increase relates to costs incurred to meet Environmental Protection Agency requirements partially offset by decreased operational expense. Westar Energy's filing is a follow-up to its 2011 full rate review. Westar Energy is also proposing a rebalancing of costs among customer types. Under Westar's proposal, Residential bills will increase $62 million (8.77%) and Small General Service bills will increase $21.5 million (6.18%) while Medium General Service bills will decrease $18.5 million (6.00%), High Load Factor industrial bills will decrease $17.4 million (8.38%), Public School bills will decrease $3.6 million (7.61%) and two special conŽtract customers' combined bills will decrease $10.6 million (15.10%). Residential customers with average monthly consumption of 900 kilowatt hours of electricity would have an average monthly increase of $7.50. Westar also proposes to offer rate discounts to business customers through an economic development fund. The economic development fund will divert a portion of off-system sales revenue that is currently used to reduce all customer bills. Westar also proposes a low income assistance fund. The low income assistance fund will also divert a portion of off-system sales revŽenue and will divert revenue received under the Renewable Energy Program Rider that is used to reduce all customer bills.
A complete copy of Westar Energy's application and supporting testimony is available on the ComŽmission's website at http://kcc.ks.gov searching Docket Filings for Docket No. 13-WSEE-629-RTS. A technical hearing is scheduled for September 26, 2013, at 9 a.m. at the Kansas Corporation Commission, 1500 SW Arrowhead Road, in Topeka.