January 5, 2011
MKEC files rate case for Wheatland customers
TOPEKA, Kansas, January 5, 2011 — Mid-Kansas Electric Company, LLC (MKEC) filed a request to increase rates by $4,264,081 on December 14, 2010, for customers in the certificated territory serviced by Wheatland Electric. MKEC, through Wheatland, provides service to about 55,000 customers in Great Bend and south central Kansas.
MKEC seeks implementation of a divisional rate for the geographical area served by Wheatland that will be similar to the divisional rates implemented for the five other MKEC member utilities in KCC Docket No. 09-MKEE-969-RTS, but based on the specific cost of service rendered by MKEC to Wheatland.
The $4.3 million rate increase, if granted, would result in an overall rate increase of 19.5%. However, the Company requests that the rate increase be phased in over two years, with a 10.87% increase implemented in year one, and an incremental increase of 7.72% in year two. MKEC is also requesting to modify the existing rate design for Wheatland customers based upon a class cost of service study filed with the application.
A scheduling conference was held on January 4, 2011, but a scheduling order has not yet been issued. It is anticipated that public hearings will be scheduled in early March in Kingman and video broadcast to locations in Great Bend and Anthony.
CURB has intervened and will be actively involved in the case.
KCC Docket No. 11-MKEE-439-RTS