Westar seeks to hike residential customer costs

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Westar Energy is seeking to hike rates for residential customers and schools while cutting rates for most businesses.

The Wichita Eagle reports that a rate request filed with the Kansas commission that regulates utilities seeks to increase the transmission rate on residential customers’ bills by about 31 percent.

The changes pending before the Kansas Corporation Commission would add about $4 a month to the average customer’s bill. Meanwhile, the average small-business would pay about $31 less.

Midsize businesses would see about a 1 percent increase in their transmission rate, while the largest commercial and industrial customers would get a 4 percent cut. Schools are proposed to get a 29-percent increase.

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