The Citizens’ Utility Ratepayer Board, a state agency that defends consumers’ interests in utility rate cases, is raising alarms about an “informal” inquiry into its operations ordered by the Kansas Corporation Commission, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. KCC chairman Mark Sievers said the KCC should investigate whether CURB’s expenses are reasonable. David Springe, consumer counsel for CURB, said he is troubled that “the chairman is trying to assert some sort of authority or control over CURB.” Recently, a KCC official tried to block CURB from participating in a Westar Energy rate hearing.
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