It is for the best that Kansas Corporation Commission Chairman Mark Sievers plans to resign as soon as a replacement is appointed. Sievers came from Colorado and never seemed to be a good fit at the KCC, which regulates utilities in Kansas. KCC staff criticized Sievers for not addressing serious management problems with the KCC’s former executive director. Sievers also was perceived as being more concerned about making rate hearings easier on the utility companies and the KCC than about protecting consumers. He has been critical of the Citizens’ Utility Ratepayer Board, a small state agency that represents residential and small-business utility customers, and he recently suggested that the KCC stop requiring cost studies if a rate-increase request is less than 10 percent.
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