Kansas Utility Westar Energy Seeks Higher Fixed Charges

TUSK Admin Kansas

Dive Brief: Westar Energy has filed for a 7.9% rate increase with the Kansas Corporation Commission, the Hutchinson News reports. The proposal for a rate increase reflects the costs of mandated environmental upgrades to comply with clean air regulations, life-extension improvements to Wolf Creek Nuclear Generating Station and investments to protect the grid against power outages, according to the utility. The …

Conservative Heavyweights Have Solar Industry in Their Sights

TUSK Admin Arizona, Kansas, News, North Carolina, South Carolina

WASHINGTON — The political attack ad that ran recently in Arizona had some familiar hallmarks of the genre, including a greedy villain who hogged sweets for himself and made children cry. But the bad guy, in this case, wasn’t a fat-cat lobbyist or someone’s political opponent. He was a solar-energy consumer. Solar, once almost universally regarded as a virtuous, if …