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Electric bills join the list of payments on the rise

The next time Richmond residents open their electric bills they might discover a higher bill.
Drivers have already noticed an increase at the pump the last couple of weeks after a sharp decline, but power providers are saying they are still feeling the pinch from last summer’s high raw energy prices.
Kansas City Power and Light has filed a request with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking to adjust the fuel adjustment charge (FAC) for the company’s electric customers.
The company says it needs the adjustment to reflect fuel and purchased power costs during a six-month period from June 2008 through November 2008. The company says that higher natural gas and coal prices combined with higher freight charges are the reason for the increase.
The company is seeking a total of $23.9 million in areas that were formerly served by Aquila.
KCP&L took over Aquila operations last year and serves more than 300,000 former Aquila customers.
The company says that consumer’s bills should only increase about $1 per typical resident.
Missouri citizens wishing to comment can contact the Office of the Public Counsel at 866-922-2959 or email opcservice@ded.mo.gov or the Missouri Public Service Commission at 800-392-4211 or email pscinfo@psc.mo.gov.

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