Western Missouri electric rates could rise

| July 3, 2018
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Electricity providers are seeking to increase rates, according to the Missouri Public Service Commission.

The case was brought before the commission by Greater Missouri Operations, which includes KCP&L. The company plans to increase its annual electric revenues by roughly $19.3 million. Average consumer rates are expected to rise by two dollars per month.  The rate cases comes after the large energy merger, in May, in which GMO and KCP&L became subsidiaries of Evergy, along with several other Missouri and Kansas subsidiaries. According to the Missouri PSC, the proposed rate change takes into account increases in the cost of producing energy for the company.

Several locations in Missouri are hosting public hearings on the rate cases. In Marshall, the Martin Community Center on S. Odell will receive PSC staff who will entertain questions, along with providing general information. The meeting begins at noon, July 10.

One potential cause of a fuel adjustment charge would be the expansion of energy sources. Evergy intends to meet nearly half of all its energy demand with zero emissions sources, with nearly one-third coming from intermittent energy, such as wind turbines. That would make Evergy one of the largest wind energy providers in the nation. Evergy is also attempting to develop additional renewable energy programs. Proponents of the intermittent energy programs say the expensive cost of adding wind and solar sources are becoming cheaper. Yet, others say that assessment does not take into account the overall cost of intermittency on the entire electric system, nor the cost of subsidies received by renewables. The push for renewables is also coerced by a 2008 initiative that requires it to meet 15 percent of annual retail sales by 2021, whether or not the technology is market competitive.  This does not apply to municipal systems, or electric cooperatives.

In eastern Missouri, Ameren is also taking similar steps to add renewable sources to their portfolio.

 

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