Westar Energy requesting 1 percent rate increase

TOPEKA, Kan. (KWCH) Westar Energy is asking for another rate increase.

On Wednesday, the energy company filed a request with the Kansas Corporation Commission for a 1 percent increase, or $17.4 million, that would go into effect in June 2017.

The rate increase would be about $1.50 more per month for households.

The energy company says the request reflects the remaining costs of mandated environmental upgrades to comply with clean air regulations, life-extension improvements to Wolf Creek Nuclear Generating Station and investments to protect the grid against power outages.

FactFinder 12 looked into recent rate increases imposed by Westar.

Between 2009 and 2015, the energy company increased its rates a total 25 times. The largest increases were in 2009 and 2012, totaling more than $630 million through last year. This would be the 26th increase.

This current increase must still be approved by state regulators. Consumers will have representation at that hearing through the Citizens Utility Ratepayer Board, a group that represents residents and small commercial businesses in Kansas Corporation Commission cases.