Evergy to seek rate hike in Kansas to meet power demands of new Panasonic plant


When Kansas won the competition with Oklahoma over selection of a $4 billion Panasonic battery plant, one thing it didn’t consider was the amount of electrical power needed for its operations.
Now Evergy, the largest utility in Kansas, says it will ask for a rate hike to pay for the additional infrastructure needed to meet the anticipated power demands of the plant that’s under construction.
The Kansas City Star reported the demand created by the nearly 4-million-square-foot plant in Johnson County is expected to double that of Evergy’s current largest customer in the state and require two new substations, upgrades to three current substations and work on 31 miles of transmission lines.
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