KCP&L seeks rate hike for core customers

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Kansas City Power & Light Co. says it needs a 15.8 percent rate increase for about half of its 565,000 Missouri customers to recover the cost of environmental upgrades at its coal-fired plant in La Cygne, Kan. The utility said the $121 million-a-year rate request, if approved by the Missouri Public Service Commission, would amount to about a $14 monthly increase for the average residential customer starting next September.

If KCP&L gets full approval for the La Cygne increase, the affected customers will be paying more than 50 percent more for power than they did a few years ago. KCP&L said the rate request covers about 270,000 customers in its traditional territory, which includes most of Kansas City.

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