KCC to hold hearing on Westar's conservation plan

WICHITA — The Kansas Corporation Commission will hold a hearing tonight in Wichita on Westar Energy's proposed conservation plan.

The hearing is set for 6 p.m. at Wichita State University's Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street North and Oliver.

Westar is proposing to become a partner utility with Efficiency Kansas, a state program tapping federal stimulus money to assist Kansans with energy efficiency improvements such as adding insulation and replacing inefficient furnaces with newer units that use less power.

Consumer advocates say they support the goal of reducing energy use, but object to provisions in Westar's proposal that would allow the company to recover revenue from lost sales to customers who cut their use.

Supporters and opponents of the Westar plan will present their cases tonight. Then members of the public will be able to address the commission.