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August 21, 2013
The Citizen.s Utility Ratepayer Board (CURB) filed testimony today in the Westar Energy (Westar) rate case. (KCC Docket No. 13-WSEE-629-RTS) CURB recommends overall revenue be increased $30.6 million rather than the $31.7 million increase proposed by Westar. CURB recommends no increase in rates for Residential, Medium Business and Public School Customers. Small Business, Large Industrial and Lighting Service customers will see rate increases.

December 14, 2012
The Citizen's Utility Ratepayer Board (CURB) issued the following press release concerning the Order issued on December 13, 2012 by the Kansas Corporation Commission granting Kansas City Power and Light a $33.156 million rate increase.

October 26, 2012
Consumer Alert Press Release: CURB settlement with KGS reduces increase to residential customers by 74%.

September 25, 2012
The Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board (CURB) recommended that the Kansas Corporation Commission reduce the rate increase requested by Kansas Gas Service by over $36 million. KGS has asked the Commission for a $32.7 million base rate increase. On top of that increase, about $18 million currently being recovered through line-item surcharges will be rolled into base rates. Thus, surcharges will be reduced to zero and base rates would increase by $50.7 million under KGS. proposal. CURB proposes limiting the increase in base rates to $14.2 million, a net decrease to total revenues of $3.8 million.

August 22, 2012
The Citizen's Utility Ratepayer Board (CURB) today issued the following press release concerning KCPL's request for a $63.55 million rate increase: Consultants for CURB filed testimony today indicating KCPL is entitled to a rate increase of only $4.9 million, far less than the $63.55 million requested by the Company.

March 14, 2012
The Citizen's Utility Ratepayer Board today issued the following consumer alert concerning a Public Hearing regarding the 19% to 30% rate increases proposed by Mid-Kansas Electric Company, LLC (Mid-Kansas) in the Southern Pioneer Electric Company (Southern Pioneer) service territory. Ratepayers will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide public comment at the Public Hearing on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Liberal and Haviland, Kansas.

February 6, 2012
The Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board announced today that it will fight a proposed settlement in the Westar rate case. Westar and the Staff of the Kansas Corporation Commission filed a settlement agreement in the current $90.8 million Westar rate case. According to the agreement, they recommend the Commissioner's approve a $50 million increase in Westar rates. More...

January 26, 2012
CONSUMER ALERT PRESS RELEASE: Natural gas utilities want interim rates; customers would be forced to pay increases sooner. The Citizen's Utility Ratepayer Board today issued the following consumer alert concerning House Bill 2512.

January 5, 2012
CURB Recommends $11.6 Million Decrease in Westar Rates - The Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board (CURB) filed testimony today recommending an $11.6 million rate decrease for Westar Energy (Westar). More...

October 19, 2011
CURB joins Midwest Energy settlement; KCC approval pending - CURB, the KCC Staff and Midwest Energy have reached a settlement on Midwest's request for a $3.3 million increase. More...

August 25, 2011
Westar Energy seeks $91 million increase - On August 25, Westar Energy filed a request with the KCC to increase its rates by $91 million annually. More...

June 17, 2011
Empire District Electric seeks $1.5 million increase - On June 17, Empire District Electric filed a request with the KCC to increase its rates by $1.5 million per year. More...

March 7, 2011
Clean Line seeks certification as public utility - A unique kind of transmission line will be built in Kansas if Clean Line Energy Partners has its way. More...

February 8, 2011
KCPL awarded $21.8 million rate increase in final rate case under regulatory plan; company appeals - On November 22, 2010, the KCC awarded Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCPL) a $21.8 million rate increase in its fourth and final rate case contemplated under the regulatory plan approved by the Commission in 2005. The $21.8 million rate increase was less than 40% of the $55.2 million increase requested in the company’s original application. More...

January 31, 2011
Commission approves Westar partnership with Efficiency Kansas, grants lost revenue guarantee - The Kansas Corporation Commission issued an order today approving Westar Energy’s application to become an Efficiency Kansas Partner. In the same order, the Commission approved, over CURB’s objections, an unprecedented “lost revenue” recovery mechanism. More...

January 20, 2011
Westar seeks OK to use RECs to meet RPS - Westar Energy has applied to the KCC for permission to use renewable energy credits (RECs) to meet Kansas’ renewable portfolio standard (RPS) for the years 2011 and 2012. The RPS requires electric utilities in the state to include a certain percentage of renewable energy in their generation mix. More...

January 19, 2011
Westar seeks approval to buy more wind power; comments welcome, but public hearing is cancelled - Westar has filed an application with the Commission seeking approval to purchase an additional 369 megawatts of wind energy. Approval will mean that Westar will be allowed to recover the cost of this wind from its customers. More...

January 5, 2011
MKEC files rate case for Wheatland customers - 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. More...

Black Hills withdraws energy-efficiency program application - Black Hills has withdrawn its application to implement a portfolio of energy-efficiency programs, stating that it intends to re-submit an application in conjunction with its next rate increase application. More...

May 13, 2010
CURB signs settlement agreement with Empire - On May 12, 2010, representatives of Empire District Electric Company, the Staff of the Kansas Corporation Commission and the Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board (CURB) argued their case for a settlement agreement that, if approved by the KCC, will cut Empire.s requested base rate increase by 46%. More...

December 2, 2009
Empire seeks 40% increase in base rates - On November 4, 2009, Empire District Electric Company filed a request with the Kansas Corporation Commission for a $5,203,483 increase in the rates of its Kansas electric customers. More...

November 2009
Information on Westar's Rate Consolidation Proposal - On Friday, June 26, CURB filed testimony with the Kansas Corporation Commission that is generally supportive of Westar's request to eliminate the difference in rates between its former KPL and KGE territories. More...

April 8, 2009
Kansas to receive $94.7 million for energy efficiency and weatherization - The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is providing nearly $8 billion for energy-efficiency efforts nationwide, with hopes to create 100,000 jobs and cut energy bills for families. More...

April 8, 2009
Objections to KCPL's new info in rate case results in new schedule, longer comment period - On March 13, 2009, the Commission granted a joint request by the parties to revise the procedural schedule and continue the evidentiary hearing in the KCPL rate case. More...

April 8, 2009
CURB petitions Kansas Supreme Court to review Atmos rate case - In a memorandum opinion issued on March 6, the Kansas Court of Appeals dismissed CURB's appeal of the KCC decision on rehearing in the Atmos rate case. More...

April 8, 2009
Westar rate increases, basic conservation rates are now in effect - Customers of Westar Energy should take note that the new rates approved by the KCC in January of this year are now in effect. More...

February 5, 2009
KCC approves Westar increase; defers consolidation to new docket - On January 21, 2009, the Kansas Corporation Commission approved a unanimous settlement agreement that grants Westar Energy an annual rate increase of $130 million. More...

February 5, 2009
CURB Strips $25 Million from KCPL Rate Increase Request - The Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board (CURB) filed Direct Testimony on Tuesday opposing KCPL's request to increase rates by $71.6 million. More...

11/13/08
CURB negotiates smaller increase for Westar customers; rate consolidation moved to new docket - The Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board (CURB) and ten other parties have reached a settlement with Westar Energy that reduces the proposed rate increase for customers by $47 million. More...

9/29/08
CURB trims fat from Westar rate request, encourages conservation - Today, the Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board (CURB) filed Direct Testimony with the Kansas Corporation Commission in response to Westar Energy's request for rate increases of $87.58 million for its Westar South division customers and $90.04 million for its Westar North customers. More...

6/17/08
Midwest Energy case settled - CURB has entered into a settlement with Midwest Energy, Inc. (Midwest Energy) and Staff of the Kansas Corporation Commission that was filed on June 16th. More...

6/4/08
KCC ignores consumer concerns in Atmos case; CURB petitions for reconsideration - Ignoring concerns raised by CURB in the Atmos rate case, the KCC has approved a settlement agreement between its Staff and the company that grants Atmos a $2.1 million rate increase. More...

6/4/08
CURB reaches settlement with KEPCO - CURB has reached a settlement in principle with KEPCO and the Commission Staff that will be filed with the Commission next month. The settlement will reduce the $5.4 million increase requested by KEPCO to roughly $5.15 million. More...

6/4/08
Westar seeks $22 million increase and revision of environmental surcharge - In March, when Westar Energy filed its annual request to increase the environmental surcharge approved by the KCC in its last rate case, it also submitted a revised tariff that would make the surcharge permanent. More...

6/4/08
Westar seeks $177 million rate increase: CURB fears it's much more - Westar Energy has filed an application for a base rate increase of $177 million, but the request doesn't include millions that will be passed through to customers through surcharges that customers pay in addition to base rates. More...

12/19/07
CURB Raises Objections to Terms of Aquila Sale - CURB recently filed testimony with the KCC, recommending that the Commission reject Black Hills Corporation's proposal to purchase Aquila's gas utility properties in Kansas, and recommending that the Commission suspend consideration of KCPL's proposed purchase of Aquila's Missouri electric utility until the parties have had an opportunity to review upcoming revisions of the proposal that the Applicants plan to file in January. More...

12/19/07
Public Hearings on Aquila Sale - Here.s your opportunity to let the Kansas Corporation Commission know what you think about the sale of Aquila.s utilities to Black Hills Corporation and to KCPL. More...

11/29/07
Consumer Groups Net Refund for Westar Customers - Westar customers who received refunds on their bills this fall can thank CURB and two other consumer groups for successfully fighting for refunds of money improperly collected from Westar customers. More...

11/29/07
CURB Continues Battle for More Refunds from Westar - CURB recently filed its second appeal of the Westar's 2005 rate case, seeking more refunds for Westar's customers. More...

10/03/07
KCPL Rate Case Settlement - CURB, Kansas City Power & Light, the Staff of the Kansas Corporation Commission and other intervenors have entered into an agreement that settles all disputed issues in KCPL's recent request to increase consumer rates by $47 million dollars. More...

10/03/07
Atmos Energy Seeks $6.45 Million Rate Increase from Residential and Commercial Customers - On September 14, 2007, Atmos Energy filed an application with the Kansas Corporation Commission to increase consumer rates. More...

03/22/07
CURB Reduces Aquila Rate Request by 52% - In testimony filed Monday, March 19, 2007, the Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board is urging the Kansas Corporation Commission to substantially reduce Aquila rate increase request for its natural gas distribution customers. More...

09/09/05
CURB Says Westar Customers Deserve $48 Million Decrease in Rates – CURB recommended that the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) decrease the electric rates for customers of Westar Energy by a total of $48 million. More…

08/22/05
CURB Files Testimony in Empire’s Rate Case; Rejects ECA Proposal – CURB filed direct testimony with the Kansas Corporation Commission in response to the Empire District Electric Company’s request for a $4.18 million rate increase for its Kansas customers. If the application is granted, Empires retail electric rates would increase about 25 %. More…

01/31/05
KCC Grants Aquila a $7.4 Million Electric Rate Increase – The Kansas Corporation Commission has approved a $7.4 million rate increase for Aquila, Inc.’s WPK (WestPlains Kansas) electric utility, which will increase customer rates about 11 %. More…