Public Hearings & Comment Periods
The Commission welcomes and encourages public input on utility rate and siting cases and proposed rules and regulations. There are two ways for citizens to participate in the formal regulatory process. The first is to attend a public hearing. The second is to submit a comment during the open comment period. Click on the links below to find out more about each of these options.
Scheduled Public Hearings and Open Comment Periods
The public comment period on the Westar rate change request is open until July 18 at 5 p.m.
Westar Energy has filed an application requesting a $1.56 million dollar rate decrease effective September 2018 and a $54.2 million dollar rate increase in February 2019 for the company's retail rate customers. Combined, the adjustments would increase prices by $52.6 million. If approved, residential customers with average monthly consumption of 900 kilowatt hours of electricity will see a monthly increase of $5.91 per month. The request also includes updated tariffs for customers who installed their own source of electric power after October 28, 2015.
A public hearing on the request was held on June 28 in Wichita. An earlier public hearing on the request was held on May 22, 2018 in Topeka. A recording of the Topeka hearing may be viewed using the link below.
Public comments will be accepted through 5 p.m. on July 18, 2018.