Another hearing planned on Westar rate hike plan

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Another public hearing is planned on a Westar Energy plan to boost rates for residential customers while decreasing rates for major commercial customers.

The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/1d7pE9J ) reports that 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.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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