Westar seeks to increase residential rates

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Several Wichita electric customers told state officials they don’t like Westar Energy’s latest rate increase proposal, but the company says its increase rates would still be a bargain.  The Wichita Eagle reports Westar has asked the Kansas Corporation Commission to approve a rate increase for residential customers by an average $7.50 a month. The company also wants to cut rates for major commercial customers.  About 120 people attended the commission’s first public hearing on the rate proposal Monday in Wichita. About 25 testified that the increase would be too costly for them and their neighbors.  Jeff Martin, a Westar vice president, said Westar’s power bills are a bargain, and that including the increase, it will still cost most residential customers less than $3.50 per day to power their homes.  A public hearing in Topeka on the issue will be held on July 11th.

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