The Kansas Corporation Commission approved Westar Energy's application for a $43.6 million increase in its power rates, to cover costs in building new transmission lines that will transfer wind power and to improve the system's reliability. The Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board estimated that homeowners who consume 900 kilowatt hours will add about $2.59 to their monthly bill, and those who consume 1,500 kWh will add about $4.32. The commission still has to complete auditing the filing, and the rates may change if errors were found.

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