Thank you for your comment regarding the Evergy Docker 23-EKCE-775-RTS. In order for me to attach your comment to the docket for review, I need to know the city you live in. If you could please reply with that information, I will be happy to get your comment added.
Public Service AdministratorPublic Affairs and Consumer Protection
Kansas Corporation Commission
1500 SW Arrowhead Road | Topeka, KS | 66604-4027Phone (785) 271-3323 | Fax (785) 271-3111 | http://kcc.ks.gov/ ]
Evergy's rate increases invite some interesting questions. I thought
it expedient to publish some of my comments since the public wont
get any meaningful information from the press. Evergy Executives are Raking in Millions of Dollars, While the People are Struggling to Keep the Lights On
How is it that Evergy is seeking a $218 million rate rate increase while paying 524 million in 'Dividends' ?
So rate payers can expect to pay more for the Sierra club's carbon neutrality programs and Evergy's failure to increase it's green energy investments. This is to the company's credit but perhaps you can explain just what green energy program will permit the rapid deployment of power on the grid? In the meantime the rate payers can pay DIVIDENDS TO STOCKHOLDERS ! The Evergy CEO was compensated over $6.8 MILLION in 2022, Board of Director salaries averaged over $333,000, and stockholders received over $534 MILLION in total dividends paid?
How will the commitment to electric cars be met by new Wind Turbines (wind speed below 33 mph) and solar power which produces nothing at night? This will simply be exacerbated once charging stations begin to proliferate through out the state. The lunacy continues as Evergy buys additional wind power from Oklahoma: "Over the next 10 years, Evergy plans to add more than 3,500 MW of renewable energy and retire more than 1,900 MW of coal-based fossil generation. Evergy has set a goal of 70% carbon reduction by 2030 (relative to 2005 levels) and a target to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2045."
As you decrease fossil fuel base loading you enter the risky alternative energy possibilities of brownouts and just energy unavailability.
Equally concerning to residents should be the funding of political campaigns. Lobbying & Campaign Contributions – Should a State-Regulated Monopoly be Allowed to Financially Influence State Campaigns? Funding these campaigns ensures certain company economic objectives are met. I submit this is moe akin to profiteering than ensuring fair and equitable rates.
But the biggest concern of Kansans by far is how a three member regulatory board can manage meaningful rates for the state? Rate Increase Wars:The KCC – Can a 3-Member Utility Commission Honestly Represent 3 Million Kansans?
The article states its case well: "The Board would need to have many more participants in order to lessen the possibility of lobbyists, special interests, and bad actors somehow being powerful enough to tip the scales. Local planning and zoning boards typically have 7-11 members for this very reason. Even the National committees with NARUC, which two of these commissioners serve on, have over 30 members on each committee. "
The KCC, as currently under staffed, is not able to regulate the state' s obligations other than in a perfunctory manner which will lead to higher consumer rates and increasing failures of the power grid and a lower standard of living