KCP&L dispute could go to US Supreme Court

(KSNT Photo/Brian Dulle)
(KSNT Photo/Brian Dulle)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A dispute between KCP&L and Missouri energy regulators could be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and might eventually lead to increased rates for Missouri customers.

The question is whether Missouri customers should pay KCP&L’s costs for transmitting power to Missouri from a plant in Mississippi. When the utility company acquired the Mississippi plant in 2011, the Missouri Public Service Commission said Missouri customers didn’t have to pay the transmission costs.

KCP&L sued to recover the cost of transmission but lost in two courts. The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/1h3a0xb) the utility is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule in the dispute.

The utility wants to cover the transmission costs from the Mississippi plant by raising rates on 309,000 customers in the former Aquila service area through 2032.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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