TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Corporation Commission has approved a rate increase affecting many Evergy customers in Kansas. Others in the Kansas City-area will see a decrease, however.
The KCC says it was submitted to the commission after negotiations between KCC staff, Evergy, the Citizens Utility Ratepayer Board, and representation from education, business and environmental groups.
Evergy had originally asked for a rate hike of $204 million for former Westar customers and an increase of $14 million for Evergy Kansas Metro customers in the Kansas City metro area.
Instead, Evergy Metro customers will pay $32.9 million less while the rest of Evergy’s Kansas customers will pay $74 million more.
That means Evergy customers in the Central district will see their monthly bill increase by about $4.64, starting with the Dec. 21st billing cycle. Evergy Metro customers will see their bill decrease by about $6.07.
The order states: “The Commission finds the agreed-upon rates will provide Evergy sufficient revenue to meet its financial obligations and provide safe and reliable service at just and reasonable rates to its customers. After considering all of the terms of the Unanimous Settlement Agreement, the Commission finds it is in the public interest.”
You can read the full order below.