Public Hearings & Comment Periods
The Commission welcomes and encourages public input on utility rate and siting cases and proposed rules and regulations. There are two ways for citizens to participate in the formal regulatory process. The first is to attend a public hearing. The second is to submit a comment during the open comment period. Click on the links below to find out more about each of these options.
Scheduled Public Hearings and Open Comment Periods
Public Hearing held on proposed merger of Westar Energy and Kansas City Power & Light
Westar Energy and Great Plains Energy, the parent of company of Kansas City Power & Light filed an application wtih the Kansas Corporation Commission to merge as equals. If approved, KCP&L and Westar will become wholly owned subsidaries of a new parent company and serve more than 1.5 million customers in Kansas and Missouri.
A public hearing was held on the request on January 22, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the Washburn Institute of Technology in Topeka. Those unable to attend may watch a recording of the hearing using the link below.
General Investigation regarding public notice of underground injection well applications
The Kansas Corporation Commission has opened a General Investigation to create a legal record of public notice given by operators applying for an underground injection well permit beginning in October 2008. That is when the protest period timeframe was increased from 15 to 30 days. Any other issues pertaining to specific wells will not be addressed in this docket. Commission staff released its findings on February 19, 2018. The report can be viewed below by clicking on “View Docket Details” below.
The general investigation included a public comment period that ran through April 23, 2018. Comments submitted can be viewed in the Docket.
Public Hearing and Comment Period scheduled for Westar rate request
Westar Energy has filed an application requesting a $1.56 million dollar rate decrease effective September 2018 and a $54.2 million dollar rate increase in February 2019 for the company's retail rate customers. Combined, the adjustments would increase prices by $52.6 million. If approved, residential customers with average monthly consumption of 900 kilowatt hours of electricity will see a monthly increase of $5.91 per month. The request also includes updated tariffs for customers who installed their own source of electric power after October 28, 2015.
A public hearing on the request is scheduled for May 22, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the Washburn Institute of Technology, Main Conference Center, Building A, 5724 SW Huntoon in Topeka. The hearing will also be broadcast live on the Commission's website.
Public comments will be accepted through 5 p.m. on July 18, 2018.
Public Hearing and Comment Period for Proposed Rules and Regulations (K.A.R. 82-3-206 and K.A.R. 82-3-307) scheduled for May 24, 2018
The existing regulations assess a charge of 91.00 mills on each barrel of crude oil or petroleum marketed or used each month and a charge of 12.90 mills on each 1,000 cubic feet of gas sold or marketed each month. The proposed amendments would result in assessments of charges of 144.00 mills and 20.50 mills, respectively.