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KS Ratepayers Board: KGS Rate Hike Is Fair

The Citizens Utility Ratepayers Board, a consumer advocacy agency for utility customers, says the agreement recently reached on a Kansas Gas Service rate hike was a fair one.

David Springee, an attorney with CURB, says it's actually a significantly lower increase than the utility had requested.

"There are certain things, like the Kansas Gas Service asked for a 10.75 shareholder profit to be built into rates," says Springee.

"Clearly, we all understand given the capital markets and the low cost of capital in the markets today, that was a very high number and they knew that they were not going to get that. So really, they couldn't have expected to get everything they wanted."

KGS had also initially requested a revenue guarantee to ensure a certain amount of profit. Springee says no utility has ever been granted a revenue guarantee in the entire 110 year history of the Kansas Corporation Commission.