KCP&L Rate Increase Request: KCP&L - GMO

KCP&L reaches settlement in rate increase request for Greater Missouri Operations (GMO) customers.

On September 28, 2016 the Missouri Public Service Commission (MPSC) approved a settlement in the rate increase request for KCP&L-Greater Missouri Operations (GMO). This approval authorizes a rate increase of .41% for our KCP&L-GMO customers. In addition, it combines two jurisdictions in that service area (MPS and L&P) into one. The new rates will go into effect in December 2016.

As a regulated utility, if our costs indicate that we need to ask for a rate change, we do so by filing a request to the MPSC for review and approval.

This process, which began in February 2016, provided an opportunity for the Commission to audit the filings and allow customers and other interested parties to ask questions and submit comments about the requested change. For a full look at the rate making process click here.

Why did KCP&L request a rate change?

KCP&L filed a request with the MPSC to increase base rates for Missouri customers living in its KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations (GMO) service area.

KCP&L requested to combine the two jurisdictions in the KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company area (MPS and L&P) and an 8.2% rate increase. Part of the request was an increase to the Customer Charge* to $14.50 a month. Previously, this charge was $10.43 a month in MPS and $9.54 a month in L&P for residential customers.

KCP&L requested the rate increase for a few additional reasons:

  • Infrastructure investments made to maintain electrical reliability and modernize the grid
  • System improvements to enhance customer service
  • Upgraded power plants to provide cleaner, reliable power
  • Additional regional transmission lines to transport renewable energy

Additional information about rate consolidation

In a prior rate case (ER-2012-0175), the Missouri Public Service Commission approved a plan to perform a comprehensive study on the impacts of eliminating separate MPS and L&P rates and implementing company-wide, uniform rates. That study was completed and indicated that consolidation may be reasonably accomplished. The consolidation was requested in this case.

Residential and business customers in KCP&L’s Greater Missouri Operations service area will each be impacted differently by this proposed rate consolidation. The impact could be higher or lower than the requested increase and will be based on how much energy a customer uses and how that use is treated within the new combined or consolidated rate structure.

Customers would be individually evaluated and assigned to the rate that best fits their situation and minimizes the annual amount they would pay. Rate consolidation offers common pricing across the areas served by GMO and will help streamline customer service.

For residential and smaller business customers, the consolidated rate design proposed by KCP&L has a customer charge and energy charges. Typically, energy charges are higher in the summer months than the winter months, because customers tend to use more electricity in the summer.

For larger commercial and industrial customers, KCP&L is proposing to use a four-part rate. The four parts—customer charge, facilities charge, demand charge and energy charge—provide more detail and transparency to customers about the elements that comprise the cost of providing electric service.

Under the proposed rates, managing your summer usage, particularly for most commercial and industrial customers, is important to managing your bill through the remainder of the year.

* The Customer Charge is a fixed monthly charge that includes the cost to provide service for each customer.

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