What makes this even more angering is that the rate hike will be used to cover costs for upgrades to an outdated coal-fired power plant in LaCygne. They have decided to continue to use it for 20 years longer than initially planned, and that means it will continue to pollute the environment all the way until 2045 and beyond if it gets an extension on its life again.
We as a people should be united in opposing the continued operation of the air-polluting coal power plant, especially since it was supposed to be shut down by 2025, which is still 10 years away. Kansas residents should be outraged that a rate hike was justified on the basis of keeping that power plant in operation. Instead, the increased revenue should be used for increasing use of renewable energy, such as solar power. Even if the rate hike was double what was just approved, I personally would be happier knowing that my increased monthly bill is paying for a good cause, not something outdated and obsolete.