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. The company cited higher costs for tree trimming, regulatory compliance and employee benefits among the primary reasons for the request, as well as lower energy sales for the test year that ended March 31. Westar says bills will increase by an average of 5.8%.

Westar is requesting a 10.6% return for shareholders.

CURB has filed a petition to intervene in the case. The Commission's order will be due out in April 2012. Dates have not yet been announced for the public hearings on the request.

KCC Docket No. 12-WSEE-112-RTS