The Kansas Corporation Commission is accepting public comments in Southern Pioneer’s rate change request

Southern Pioneer Electric Company has filed an application with the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) requesting approval of a rate adjustment to better align its rates to the cost of providing service to both residential and business customers.

If you missed the public hearings on January 6, there is still time to submit a comment to the KCC. Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on April 1. The Commission welcomes and encourages public input on utility cases. Click here to make a public comment, watch a video of the public hearing and access other documents related to the application. You can also call the KCC’s Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection at 1-800-662-0027.

If Southern Pioneer’s application is approved, there will be a $1.20 per month increase in the Residential Service and the Municipal Power Service Customer Charge for each of the next three years. The Energy Charge for General Service Small customers will increase $0.00184 per kWh. There will be an off-setting reduction in the General Service Large Energy Charge.

As part of this application, Southern Pioneer is also requesting approval of two new rates. A Grid Access Charge is proposed for customers that, in the future, install their own source of electric generation behind the meter (also known as distributed generation facilities). The second proposal is a tariff to recover the cost to install and provide service for new Light Emitting Diode (also known as LED) lighting to replace less efficient or failing and obsolete traditional types of outdoor lighting such as security and street lighting.