JoCo Notes: Evergy proposing 1.95% rate increase for Johnson County customers

Evergy is proposing a 1.95% rate increase for customers in the Kansas City area. Photo credit Shutterstock.

Hello newly knighted weekend warriors! It’s Friday, July 7 here in Shawnee Mission.

⛈️ Today’s forecast: Chance for scattered thunderstorms, particularly late this afternoon. High: 83. Low: 66.

🚨 One thing to know today

Evergy, the utility that provides power to homes and businesses in Johnson County, has filed an application with the Kansas Corporation Commission to increase its rates starting this December.

In the Kansas City area, the proposed rate increase would be 1.95%, which Evergy says would amount to a monthly increase of $3.47 for the average residential customer.

The utility has put in a separate application to increase rates for its customers in central Kansas, as well — which would be much more significant if approved. Evergy Kansas Central customers would see their rates go up 9.77%, or $14.24 per month for an average residential customer.

Evergy has scheduled three public hearings to give the public the chance to comment on the proposals. They will begin at 6 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, July 11. Washburn Institute of Technology Main Conference Center, Building A 5724 SW Huntoon St., Topeka
  • Thursday, July 13. KU Edwards BEST Conference Center 12600 S. Quivira Rd., Overland Park
  • Thursday, July 27 Wichita State University, Low Auditorium Hughes Metropolitan Complex 5014 E 29th St. North, Wichita

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