The Average Payment Plan can help reduce your high bills in summer and winter and make it easier to manage your monthly bill. The plan allows you to pay a monthly bill on the average cost of your most recent 12-month period. The amount due may vary slightly month to month but if you were signed up for Average Payment, your bill for this month would have only been Label and then every bill in the coming months would be close to that same amount. It’s not too late to sign up for your Label bill.
For more information about the Average Pay Program and how it can help reduce high bill surprises, visit our Average Payment Plan page
The rates you pay for electricity are regulated and approved by the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC). You can review the rates below to find out which rate is right for you, get a general overview on updates and learn about new rates. View tariff documents (rate plans) and regulations here.
As of September 2018, we began offering two new residential rate plans: a Peak Efficiency Plan and an Electric Vehicle (EV) rate for individuals who own EVs. If you want more control over your energy use and its effect on your bill, changing your rate could be the right option for you.
To find out which rate plan you’re currently on, log into your My Westar account. You can also use our Rate Calculator to compare the Standard Rate Plan (what most residential customers are on) to the new plans.
Learn more about rates available to you below.
The commission approved a decrease of $66 million annually, or approximately 3.3% in September 2018, along with new rate plan options and updates:
Peak Efficiency Plan
The Peak Efficiency Plan is designed for those who want more control over energy usage and bills. It rewards you when you shift energy use away from the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on weekdays (excluding holidays) because those are peak hours, when energy is most expensive to produce. This is what you can expect if you switch to this rate:
Log into your My Westar account or call customer service at (800) 383-1183 to sign up.
The standard residential rate is based off your monthly kilowatt-hours (kWh) used, regardless of time of day you use energy. Although there are no major changes, a few updates and general information on this rate are noted below:
To give you an idea of rate comparison, the image below provides examples* based on a customer using 1,000 kWh with their highest demand during peak hours at 5 kW.
*Examples don’t include all charges. Regardless of which rate you’re on, bills also will include items like riders, adjustments and surcharges, which vary by location.
If you want more control over your energy and bill and are considering the Peak Efficiency or EV Plan, it’s easy to reduce demand and save. Here are a few simple things you can do:
Electric Vehicle (EV) Rate
The EV Rate is only for customers who own an electric vehicle. Currently, the Peak Efficiency Plan and EV Rate are subject to the same energy usage and demand costs. Because we’re working to upgrade meter technology across our service territory, we’ll have the opportunity to modify the EV rate to become more personalized in the future and align with EV customers’ usage patterns.
Distributed Generation (DG) Rate Update
In 2015, the KCC recognized the need for a private generation customer rate. In its recent order, the KCC updated this rate so that prices for DG customers match the way they use our service.
This won't change what we pay you for excess energy you provide back to the grid as a net metering customer. We're only changing the rates you're charged for energy you use.
Residential DG customers (those who weren’t grandfathered on previous rates) now pay a demand component on their bills, as established by the Commission, to better align charges with the cost to serve those customers. DG customers now pay less for their actual energy consumption (per kWh) than they did previously, so they can still receive notable monthly energy savings.
For any questions regarding these rates or the 2018 rate case, visit our Rate Case FAQs.
Although there are no major changes, non-residential (i.e., commercial and industrial) rates saw a few updates in line with the residential standard rate updates noted above. Most demand charges are unchanged, except that Medium General Service customers saw an increase in demand. Additionally, Medium and Large General Service customers will see an increase in Basic Service Fee.
For more information, view our Tariffs and Regulations.