Another hearing planned on Westar rate hike

(AP) — Another public hearing is planned on a Westar Energy plan to boost rates for residential customers while decreasing rates for major Screen Shot 2013-07-07 at 7.17.30 PMcommercial customers.

The hearing will be held Thursday night at the Kansas Corporation Commission office in Topeka. Two-way teleconferencing will be available for customers to testify from satellite locations in Hutchinson, Salina and Pittsburg.

About 120 people attended a hearing last week in Wichita. Most of the speakers opposed a plan to raise prices for home and small-business service 6 to 9 percent while cutting rates for large business consumers and school districts by 6 to 15 percent.

Westar officials say industrial users and other large-volume customers are now paying more than their share.



  • Paul Smenis

    Nice cover up by Westar. Trying to pad their pockets again. Of course they are trying increase residential rates. There are waaaaay more residential customers then commercial and industrial customers combined. What a crock

  • reason

    When are we going to wake up and realize that the big guy is only looking out for the other big guys… vote for people fighting for the little guys, and it ain’t teapublicans or democrats.

    • Gubenator

      It certainly isn’t our governor. I also heard they are trying to cut rates for corporations. The individual Kansan is getting slowly taken apart by this administration. The problem is that nobody is going to figure it out until it is too late. With all of the HUGE cuts to corporations that have occurred, there is going to be nowhere else to turn for revenue. It is going to be you and me paying higher property and sales taxes. On top of that throw in rate increases like this and the fact that everything else is going up in price. Fellow, Kansan… ENJOY!

  • http://salinapost Iseenit

    How many ways can we say NO !

  • mm hmm

    They will continue to have these public meetings. Nod their heads politely and then raise the rates no matter what we say.

  • Jesse Fields

    Westar is Kansas biggest bully! Shame on you!

  • ksumom22

    It’s taking from the poor and giving to the rich. Let’s face it, most of us working folks can afford another $7, but, for people like my mom, who is on social security, it means paying the electric bill or buying a loaf of bread and 1/2 gallon of milk. If we give them the $7 now, are they going to be asking for another $7 in a few more months? Isn’t this like their third or fourth rate increase in the past year? Our wages sure haven’t see that kind of increase (if we get an increase at all, not a decrease like our civil servants).

  • Steve

    Time to get rid of the monopoly and get some competition!

  • Who’s Wise?

    Ah, Westar. Just another example of the “let them eat cake” mentality of the more fortunate. I’m surprised they are even going about the motions of a “ehmm, hearing”. No need to let the peasants speak. SMH