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66-101. Electric public utilities; power, authority and jurisdiction of state corporation commission. The commission is given full power, authority and jurisdiction to supervise and control the electric public utilities, as defined in K.S.A. 66-101a, doing business in Kansas, and is empowered to do all things necessary and convenient for the exercise of such power, authority and jurisdiction.

History: R.S. 1923, 66-101; L. 1969, ch. 302, § 2; L. 1981, ch. 255, § 1; L. 1985, ch. 224, § 1; L. 1985, ch. 225, § 7; July 1.

Source or Prior Law:

L. 1911, ch. 238, § 1; Revised, 1923.

Revisor's Note:

The amendment of this section in the 1985 session by L. 1985, ch. 224, § 1, was repealed by L. 1985, ch. 228, § 2.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

The corporation commission and regulation of intrastate air rates, 3 K.L.R. 370, 371, 372 (1955).

1956-57 survey of oil and gas law, W. F. Schell, 6 K.L.R. 213, 220 to 222 (1957).

"Allocating the Cost of Constructing Excess Capacity: Who Will Have to Pay for It All?" Robert L. Glicksman, 33 K.L.R. 429, 431 (1985).

"Wolf Creek and The Rate-Making Process," Brian J. Moline, 33 K.L.R. 509 (1985).

CASE ANNOTATIONS

1. Power to supervise and control utilities described in K.S.A. 66-104. The State, ex rel., v. Gas Co., 88 Kan. 165, 172, 127 P. 639 (Affirmed: Wyandotte Gas Co. v. Kansas, 231 U.S. 622, 34 S. Ct. 226, 58 L.Ed. 404); City of Emporia v. Telephone Co., 90 Kan. 118, 120, 126, 133 P. 858.

2. Water company held subject to control of public utilities commission. The State, ex rel., v. Water Co., 92 Kan. 227, 140 P. 103.

3. Mere enactment of act did not abrogate telephone agreements, etc. Kaul v. Telephone Co., 95 Kan. 1, 3, 147 P. 1130.

4. Power to regulate and control location of telegraph stations. The State, ex rel., v. Postal Telegraph Co., 96 Kan. 298, 301, 304, 150 P. 544.

5. Receivers of gas company under control of utilities commission. The State, ex rel., v. Flannelly, 96 Kan. 372, 381, 152 P. 22.

6. Preference of unloading en route, prejudicial and discriminatory. Mollohan v. Railway Co., 97 Kan. 51, 56, 154 P. 248.

7. Court of industrial relations successor of public utilities commission; jurisdiction. Telephone Association v. Telephone Co., 107 Kan. 169, 172, 190 P. 747.

8. Supplying gas to city; supervision of public utilities commission. City of Winfield v. Court of Industrial Relations, 111 Kan. 580, 585, 207 P. 813.

9. Public utilities act does not automatically abrogate public utility contracts. Railroad and Light Co. v. Court of Industrial Relations, 113 Kan. 217, 214 P. 797.

10. Gas rate under contract changed only by public utilities commission. Alderson v. Natural Gas Co., 116 Kan. 501, 227 P. 347.

11. Contract between company and city annulled only after notice and hearing before commission. Western Distributing Co. v. City of Mulvane, 116 Kan. 472, 475, 227 P. 362.

12. Act relating to stopping of trains superseded by this act. State, ex rel., v. Railway Co., 117 Kan. 86, 230 P. 333.

13. Principles underlying public utilities act same as interstate commerce act. Kansas Electric Power Co. v. Thomas, 123 Kan. 321, 255 P. 33.

14. No utility can escape supervision and control. Kansas Gas & Elec. Co. v. Public Service Commission, 124 Kan. 690, 693, 261 P. 592.

15. Jurisdiction over water company operating principally within city. Wichita Water Co. v. Public Service Comm., 126 Kan. 381, 268 P. 89.

16. Cited in construing reparations statutes. (K.S.A. 66-154a through 66-154f). State, ex rel., v. Public Service Comm., 135 Kan. 491, 496, 11 P.2d 999.

17. Municipally owned utility not governed by state utilities act. Holton Creamery Co. v. Brown, 137 Kan. 418, 421, 20 P.2d 503.

18. Municipally owned utility may extend lines beyond city without certificate of convenience. Board of Public Utilities v. Kansas City P. & L. Co., 139 Kan. 842, 843, 33 P.2d 320.

19. Act inapplicable to municipally owned utilities and does not violate U.S. Const., 14 th amendment. Kansas Gas & Elec. Co. v. City of McPherson, 146 Kan. 614, 617, 619, 72 P.2d 985.

20. Mentioned; authority of city to grant to utility right to use streets determined. Kansas Power & Light Co. v. City of Great Bend, 172 Kan. 126, 128, 238 P.2d 544.

21. Pipeline company carrying own oil not "common carrier" or "public utility"; section not applicable to oil pipe lines engaged in interstate commerce. State, ex rel., v. Sinclair Pipe Line Co., 180 Kan. 425, 431, 438, 304 P.2d 930.

22. Act evinces no purpose to abrogate private rate contracts. Central Kansas Power Co. v. State Corporation Commission, 181 Kan. 817, 316 P.2d 277.

23. Action to recover intrastate railroad-car rental charges; charges legal under commission's order. Keeler Co. v. Atchison, T. & S. F. Rly. Co., 187 Kan. 125, 128, 354 P.2d 368.

24. Federal court lacked jurisdiction where action against interstate carrier sought recovery on intrastate shipments. Kansas City, Kan. v. Atchison, T. & S. F. Ry., Co., 101 F. Supp. 1.

25. Jurisdiction of commission over sale of part of interstate pipeline; jurisdiction to require oil company to continue to buy oil. Sinclair Pipe Line Company v. Snyder, 147 F. Supp. 632, 636.

26. Legislative delegation of authority to the state corporation commission. Southwestern Bell Tel. Co. v. State Corporation Commission, 192 Kan. 39, 46, 386 P.2d 515.

27. Statutes supersede reciprocal demurrage statutes K.S.A. 66-201 et seq. Missouri-Kansas-Texas Rld. Co. v. Standard Industries, Inc., 192 Kan. 381, 384, 385, 388 P.2d 632.

28. Statute and others following abrogate K.S.A. 66-187; public convenience does not mean convenience of individual doing limited business. Missouri Pacific Rld. Co. v. State Corporation Commission, 192 Kan. 575, 579, 389 P.2d 813.

29. Corporation commission has exclusive power to supervise and control common carriers, subject to judicial review. Pelican Transfer & Storage v. Kansas Corporation Commission, 195 Kan. 76, 79, 402 P.2d 762.

30. Authority and jurisdiction of commission discussed; order of commission under K.S.A. 66-131 not supported by express findings of fact; held unlawful. Kansas Public Service Co. v. State Corporation Commission, 199 Kan. 736, 746, 433 P.2d 572.

31. It is the function of the commission, and not of the courts, to find the facts; a finding of ultimate fact is not sufficient unless supported by basic findings of fact. Cities Service Gas Co. v. State Corporation Commission, 201 Kan. 223, 226, 230, 231, 233, 239, 246, 440 P.2d 660.

32. Void contract; noncompliance with act; parties not in pari delicto; action maintainable. Wycoff v. Quick Way Homes, Inc., 201 Kan. 442, 445, 446, 441 P.2d 886.

33. Cited in upholding a commission order enlarging the certificate of authority of an electric public utility. Central Kansas Power Co. v. State Corporation Commission, 206 Kan. 670, 675, 482 P.2d 1.

34. For purposes of proceeding court held defendant company was operating by or under color of state law. Stanford v. Gas Service Company, 346 F. Supp. 717, 721, 722.

35. Cited; authority for state corporation commission jurisdiction over radio common carriers not exceeded. General Communications System, Inc. v. State Corporation Commission, 216 Kan. 410, 412, 532 P.2d 1341.

36. Customers of utility companies had remedy in state courts and could not bring action in federal court; action challenging legality of late assessment charges. Tennyson v. Gas Service Co., 506 F.2d 1135, 1136, 1141.

37. Commission findings supported by evidence; court could not substitute its judgment for that of commission on appeal. Kansas-Nebraska Natural Gas Co. v. State Corporation Commission, 217 Kan. 604, 612, 538 P.2d 702.

38. Mentioned; percentage allocation under K.S.A. 66-128 to rate base of property found to be used or required to be used, arbitrary. Kansas Gas & Electric Co. v. State Corporation Commission, 218 Kan. 670, 673, 544 P.2d 1396.

39. Section cited; rates established reasonable except as to the imposition of a uniform late penalty. Jones v. Kansas Gas and Electric Co., 222 Kan. 390, 398, 399, 565 P.2d 597.

40. K.C.C. authorized to regulate rates on direct sales by Cities Service Gas Co. to customers in state. Cities Service Gas Co. v. State Corporation Commission, 222 Kan. 598, 602, 603, 605, 607, 608, 610, 611, 567 P.2d 1343.

41. Section mentioned in distinguishing provisions of chapter 66 from applicability of K.S.A. 10-1203. City of Wichita v. Kansas Corporation Commission, 225 Kan. 524, 529, 592 P.2d 880.

42. Cited; subsequent order fixing future effective date for a previously authorized rate increase found reasonable and lawful. Sunflower Pipeline Co. v. Kansas Corporation Commission, 3 Kan App. 2d 683, 685, 686, 600 P.2d 794.

43. Commission may consider factors other than costs in determining rates. Midwest Gas Users Ass'n v. Kansas Corporation Commission, 5 Kan App. 2d 653, 659, 623 P.2d 924.

44. K.C.C. has jurisdiction to order refunds for overcharges received through contracts which violated law even though payments were voluntarily made. Sunflower Pipeline Co. v. Kansas Corporation Commission, 5 Kan App. 2d 715, 719, 624 P.2d 466.

45. Act makes full provision for procedure before the commission. Southwestern Bell Tel. Co. v. Kansas Corporation Commission, 6 Kan App. 2d 444, 449, 629 P.2d 1174 (1981).

46. Courts have primary jurisdiction in cases involving private negligence or breach of contract against public utility. Hamilton v. United Telephone Co. of Kansas, 6 Kan App. 2d 885, 886, 887, 636 P.2d 202 (1981).

47. Limited scope of appellate court review clearly established herein. Robert-Gay Energy Enterprises, Inc. v. Kansas Corporation Comm'n, 235 Kan. 951, 954, 685 P.2d 299 (1984).

48. Legislative grant of authority to KCC includes control over rates and tariffs. In re Application of Southwestern Bell Tel. Co., 9 Kan App. 2d 525, 533, 534, 685 P.2d 304 (1984).

49. Power and authority of KCC to fix public utility rates analyzed in re Wolf Creek nuclear generating facility. Kansas Gas & Electric Co. v. Kansas Corporation Comm'n, 239 Kan. 483, 720 P.2d 1063 (1986).

50. KCC has inherent authority to impose statutory interest rate on refunds when ordered for imprudent or unreasonable actions. Kansas Gas & Electric Co. v. Kansas Corp. Comm'n, 14 Kan App. 2d 527, 540, 794 P.2d 1165 (1990).

51. Commission's interpretation of its statutory authority concerning energy cost adjustment clause consistent with statute. Kansas Industrial Consumers Group, Inc. v. Kansas Corporation Comm'n, 36 Kan App. 2d 83, 94, 138 P.3d 338 (2006).


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