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
Public Hearing and Comment Period scheduled for Kansas City Power & Light rate change request.
Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) has filed a request with the Kansas Corporation Commission to update its rates. Originally, KCP&L requested to increase Kansas retail rates by about $26.2 million. As a result of the merger with Westar Energy, KCP&L’s request has been reduced by about $10.3 million.Under KCP&L’s original proposal, the average residential customer using 1,366 kWh in summer months and 833 kWh in winter months will see an increase of about $7.29 per month excluding property tax rebasing, or $9.19 including property tax rebasing. Residential customers who use electricity to heat their homes may experience a higher average monthly increase during winter months.
A public hearing will be held on the proposed rate increase on August 23, 2018 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the KU Edwards Campus, BEST Conference Center, 12600 Quivira Road, Overland Park, Kansas. Public comments will be accepted through 5 p.m. CDT on October 17.
Public Hearing and Comment Period scheduled for Kansas Gas Service rate change request.
Kansas Gas Service has filed an application with the Kansas Corporation Commission requesting a $42.7 million net base rate increase. The requested increase would affect the portions of a customer's bill that relate to the delivery of natural gas, including the fixed monthly service charge and delivery charge. If approved, the average monthly bill for residential customers will increase $5.67 per month, an increase of 10 percent.
A public hearing will be held on the proposed rate increase on October 4, 2018 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Washburn Institute of Technology, Main Conference Center, Building A, 5724 SW Huntoon Street in Topeka. Public comments will be accepted through 5 p.m. CST on December 14, 2018.
Commission order on Westar rate change request will be issued on or before September 27.
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 were accepted through 5 p.m. on July 18, 2018.