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By BRIAN GRIMMETT
Kansas News Service 

Report: Coal plants cost Kansans more than necessary

 


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The way Westar Energy runs its coal plants in Kansas unnecessarily costs consumers millions of dollars a year through an obscure, if common, practice known as self-committing generation, according to an analysis by a group that advocates for reduced reliance on coal.

The company essentially runs its coal plants year-round, even during the winter months when it's not cost-effective, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. The group said the practice has been costing Westar customers $20 million a year in added fuel costs.

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