Deadline Extended on Comment Period for Southern Pioneer Electric’s Rate Change Request

The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) has extended the public comment period regarding Southern Pioneer’s proposed rate adjustment. The deadline for comments has been extended to May 15 at 5:00 p.m. Consumers may click here to watch a video of the public hearing, access documents related to the application and to leave their comments.

In early 2020, Southern Pioneer Electric Company filed an application with the Kansas Corporation Commission requesting approval of a rate adjustment to better align its rates to the cost of providing service to both residential and business customers.

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.