Utility heavyweights defend electricity rate increases

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Kansas’ two biggest utility companies fought back Monday against a Senate proposal directing state regulators to keep electricity rates regionally competitive.

The state Senate is considering a resolution urging the Kansas Corporation Commission to identify new laws that would reduce retail electricity rates to regionally competitive levels.

The resolution, which is backed by 31 senators, comes in response to spiking electric rates.

KCP&L’s rates have increased 70 percent since 2007, according to testimony presented Monday to the Senate Commerce Committee. Westar Energy’s rates are up 67 percent during the same time frame. Kansas now has the . . .

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