KCP&L Looking for 15 Percent Rate Hike for KCMO Customers

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Residents in Kansas City, Missouri, may soon be getting a shock when they open their electric bills, as KCP&L is proposing a 15 percent rate hike for their customers in the city.

The new rates will mean an increase of about $15 a month for the average customer.

On Thursday morning, concerned KCP&L customers questioned the increase at a public meeting with KCP&L and the Missouri Public Service Commission.

"I opened my bill this month and it was $500 dollars, I don't mean on the low scale of 500," said KCP&L customer Joan Brody. "I'm like wow!"

Other residents like Evaline Taylor agreed, saying that some seniors may be forced to choose between food and medications if a rate increase goes through.

"The economy is really bad right now, people are on fixed incomes, people need jobs," said Taylor. "We believe this is not the time to have a rate increase."

Officials with KCP&L say that the rate increase is necessary to maintain facilities and keep up with federal renewable energy updates.

"We have an obligation to our costumers when they want air conditioning, when they wants lights, when they want the things that make their world run, we have to provide that," said KCP&L vice president of Marketing Chuck Caisley.

The Missouri Public Service Commission will decide how much of the proposed rate increase, if any, KCP&L will be awarded in October.

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