Fight over utility transmission charge, electric rates emerges at Capitol

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Taking a step toward holding down Kansas electric rates, a panel of state legislators on Tuesday backed a proposal limiting Evergy from recovering electric transmission costs from consumers that supporters say will save ratepayers millions.

The House utilities committee approved a bill Tuesday prohibiting Evergy - the state's largest publicly owned utility - from recouping expenses related to building transmission facilities that are an outgrowth of its own planning for local projects.

Evergy, under the bill, would need to seek recovery of those costs from the Kansas Corporation Commission through a rate case, which can be lengthy and costly.

The bill . . .

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