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KCC Approves Rate Increase For Westar Energy Customers

Kansas Corporation Commission approved a customer rate increase for Westar Energy customers Thursday, saying it was due to increased costs from EPA regulations.

Westar's application requested a $31.7 million dollar revenue increase.

Residential customers with an average monthly consumption of 900 kilowatt hours of electricity will see an average monthly increase of $3.00.

The new rates go into effect on December 1, 2013.

The increase is due to the actual capital improvement costs Westar incurred while meeting EPA regulations at its La Cygne power plant.

A complete copy of the application, supporting testimony and order is available by visiting http://kcc.ks.gov, clicking Docket Filings on the left menu and entering Docket No. 13-WSEE-629-RTS.