Utility companies and consumer advocates are pleading their case to Kansas regulators over the potential impact of energy efficiency programs.


Utility companies and consumer advocates are pleading their case to Kansas regulators over the potential impact of energy efficiency programs.

Utilities argue while they support conserving energy, they want to make sure the reduction in usage doesn’t wreck their financials.

“We are totally committed to energy efficiency,” said Chris Giles of Kansas City Power and Light, “as long as we can have the same level of return we would earn and prohibit the loss of profit margins.”

The Kansas Corporation Commission held a workshop in Topeka on Tuesday to discuss efficiency programs and will release a decision later this year on what utilities can build into their rates.

Westar Energy Inc., the state’s largest electric utility, said earlier this year it would use efficiency programs and renewable sources to delay building new power plants.