KCC: Westar can’t pass on cost of purchasing coal plant

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Kansas regulators on Thursday turned down Westar Energy's request for ratepayers to pick up the cost of buying a share of a coal-fired power plant in Pottawatomie County.

The Kansas Corporation Commission denied the utility company's request to pass on the cost of not only buying an 8% stake in the Jeffrey Energy Center in St. Marys but also a seven-month lease in the plant.

The KCC said approval of the agreement would have cost ratepayers $93 million in higher rates over the next 15 years. Westar previously said it would have added 30 cents a . . .

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