KCC blames escalating power rates on capital investment


A new study blames Kansas' high electric rates on capital investments driven by environmental regulations, more coal-powered plants to meet consumer demand and construction of wind-powered facilities.

The capital investments, combined with declining demand for electricity, played a key role in about $1 billion in rate increases since 2008 for the recently merged KCP&L and Westar Energy, according to the study by the Kansas Corporation Commission.

The study doesn . . .


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