Higher ed battling back against rising electricity rates

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The debate over the cost of electrical power in Kansas is escalating as the state’s universities seek to intervene in a utility rate case for what may be the first time.

The Kansas Board of Regents, which governs the state’s public universities, is asking the Kansas Corporation Commission to intervene in the rate request brought by Westar Energy.

While the state’s universities overall are paying 5.6 percent more for electricity than they did in 2014, some universities have seen their costs increase by as much as 18 and 35 percent.

The state’s SSJ

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