Legal Dispute Could Prompt KCP&L Rate Hike

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Kansas City Power & Light has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intercede in a legal dispute involving the transmission of electricity across state lines, a case that threatens to roil the electric utility industry — and raise KCP&L’s rates.

The dispute goes back to a decision by KCP&L to sell power from a Mississippi plant to customers in Missouri. In 2011, the Missouri Public Service Commission approved including the plant in customer rates as long as KCP&L customers didn’t pay for the cost of transmitting the electricity from Mississippi. That cost amounted to roughly $5 million a year.

KCP&L went to court to get approval to recover the transmission costs by increasing rates but lost in two courts, including the Missouri Court of Appeals. KCP&L has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case as an important test of federal authority on energy issues.

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