Kansas Senators fight FERC decision involving Oklahoma utilities

U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall, both Kansas Republicans, want the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reconsider its rejection of a plan to relieve the burden on Kansas consumers for cost of transmission facilities moving wind-generated electricity to other states in the Southwest Power Pool. (Jill Hummels for the Kansas Reflector)


A decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, based on complaints from Southwestern Electric Power, Public Service Co. of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company as well as city utilities in Springfield and Kansas City, Missouri has raised strong objections from Kansas U.S. Sens. Roger Marshall and Jerry Moran.

What angered them is FERC’s decision to reverse its approval of a plan to more equitably distribute electricity transmission facility costs from heavy wind-producing states such as Kansas to other member states in the Southwest Power Pool.

The reversal was in response to complaints from Public Service Co. of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Gas & Electricity Company, Southwestern Electric Power and utilities in Springfield, Missouri and Kansas City.

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