Rate Updates & Information

Promises made, promises kept

When KCP&L and Westar merged in June 2018, the new company promised multiple benefits as a result of the merger. The company is continuing to deliver on its promises, and customers are noticing:

  • Customers received bill credits beginning in December thanks to initial merger savings and federal tax savings.
  • More merger credits are coming as planned in February or March.
  • Rate case reviews completed in 2018 also reduced customer prices. 
  • Westar and KCP&L will not change Kansas base rates until December 2023.
  • Merger savings and efficiencies are on track with expected levels.
  • Since the merger was completed, in addition to maintaining the company's historic level of charitable giving, Evergy has made an additional $3.5 million in investments to support key community development projects in Topeka, Wichita and Pittsburg.
  • No involuntary layoffs as a result of the merger.
  • Employee presence and involvement in Topeka, Pittsburg, Wichita and other Kansas communities is evident on a daily basis. 
  • The company promised to complete a rate study, which was filed with the KCC Jan. 14, 2019. 

Ultimately, we understand customers are tired of increases, and our rates are currently higher than some of our peers. We're happy to share that now that we've concluded rate increases necessary to recover investment costs, we're entering a period of stability and also ahead of the curve on environmental requirements, aligning our rates with the national average

We've committed to not change base rates until December of 2023, and beyond that, customers can expect fewer and smaller rate increases. 

Customers began receiving initial merger savings bill credits in December 2018 and can expect additional credits in the future: 

Timing

Customers

Credit Type

Credit (millions)

Sept. 2018

KCP&L-MO*

Up-front merger

$14.9

GMO

Up-front merger

$14.2

Dec. 2018

Westar

Up front-merger

$23.1

Tax cut

$50.0

Feb. 2019

GMO

Tax cut

$27.4

KCP&L-KS

Up-front merger

$7.5

Tax cut

$36.3

Feb./March, 2019-2022

Westar

Annual merger

$8.6

KCP&L-KS

Annual merger

$2.8

To learn more about the rate-making process determined by the KCC, head hereFor additional information on approved rate updates and merger savings you're receiving, visit our rate update pages below or view our Kansas Rate Study FAQs. If you need help figuring out your service area, head here

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