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2013 news releases

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Portion of I-70 reduced to one lane each direction as crews work on new transmission line crossing highway in Topeka

Dec. 12, 2013 – Traffic along a portion of I-70 in Topeka will be reduced to one lane each direction during the day December 15-19 as crews install conductor and fiber optic cable for a 115 kilovolt transmission line that crosses the highway. MORE...


Westar Energy rescheduling planned outage to Dec. 20

Dec. 6, 2013 – Westar Energy is making plans for a scheduled outage on Friday, Dec. 20. Additional details, such as the time of the outage and the MORE...


Westar Energy certifies building operators

December 5, 2013 – After a rigorous round of training sessions, homework and exams, twenty area building operators and facility managers have earned their Building Operator Certification (BOC) Level I designation from Westar Energy. MORE...


Westar Energy crews prepare to assist with restoration efforts as a winter storm hits Oklahoma

Dec. 5, 2013 – As a winter storm bears down on Oklahoma, Westar Energy is responding to a call for help from OGE Energy Corp. to assist with anticipated power outages and damage caused by the winter blast. MORE...


Westar Energy alerts customers about fraudulent calls

Dec. 4, 2013 – Westar Energy reminds customers to be on the alert for fraudulent callers claiming to be Westar Energy employees. MORE...


Westar Energy declares dividend

Nov. 27, 2013 –The Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) Board of Directors today declared a quarterly dividend of 34 cents per share payable Jan. 2, 2014 on the company’s common stock. MORE...


Westar Energy sends crews to Michigan

Nov. 19, 2013 – Westar Energy is responding to a call for help from DTE Energy, in Michigan. MORE...


Westar Energy announces 3rd quarter 2013 results

Nov. 7, 2013 – Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) today announced earnings of $133 million, or $1.04 per share, for the third quarter 2013 compared with earnings of $139 million, or $1.10 per share, for the third quarter 2012. MORE...


STEM Grants awarded to 10 Kansas schools

Nov. 7, 2013 – “Lego Mindstorms,” “Imaginary dreamhouse with circuits,” and “Safer buildings for better lives” are just a few of the project names that will be funded by a first-ever Westar Energy STEM grant. MORE...


Westar Energy expands wind program

Nov. 6, 2013 – Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) reached agreement with Apex Clean Energy to purchase 200 megawatts of electricity from a wind farm Apex will build near Arkansas City. MORE...


RotorWorks crew to provide behind-the-scenes look at life above the lines

Oct. 21, 2013 – Helicopters have been flying along hundreds of miles of Westar Energy’s high-voltage transmission lines gathering information about the structures in the southern part of our service territory to make sure they are working as designed. MORE...


Westar Energy schedules conference call to discuss 3rd quarter 2013 results

Oct. 17, 2013 – On Nov. 7, 2013, Westar Energy Inc. (NYSE: WR) plans to release third-quarter 2013 earnings after market close. MORE...


Westar Energy certifies building operators

Oct. 10, 2013 – After a rigorous round of training sessions, homework and exams, twenty area building operators and facility managers have earned their Building Operator Certification (BOC) Level I designation from Westar Energy. MORE...


Westar Energy Green Team invites area youth to annual deer hunt

Oct. 9, 2013 – The Westar Energy Green Team will host rifle deer hunts for youths with little or no deer hunting experience. MORE...


Westar Energy certifies building operators

Oct. 2, 2013 – After a rigorous round of training sessions, homework and exams, eight area building operators and facility managers have earned their Building Operator Certification (BOC) Level II designation from Westar Energy. MORE...


Westar Energy offers free Home Energy Savings Workshop

Oct. 2, 2013 – Westar Energy will host a free Home Energy Savings workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Marysville Community Building located at 209 North Eighth Street, Marysville. MORE...


Westar Energy announces pricing of common stock offering

Sept. 24, 2013 – Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) announced today that it priced an offering of 8,000,000 shares of its common stock at $31.15 per share. MORE...


Westar Energy announces public offering of its common stock

Sept. 23, 2013 – Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) announced today that it plans to make a public offering of 8,000,000 shares of its common stock, subject to market conditions. MORE...


Westar Energy installing customized covers at Manhattan substation to help prevent wildlife-related power outages

Sept. 23, 2013 – Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) They come unannounced. Some may be looking for shelter; others are looking for a meal. They make their way through fences and mazes of equipment, unaware of the potential danger that exists within an electric substation. MORE...


Work on Atchison’s electric system continues along parts of 10th and Walnut streets

Sept. 13, 2013 – Beginning on Monday, Sept. 16, and continuing for the next several weeks, traffic will be reduced to one lane or detoured around closed streets along 10th Street, between L Street and Commercial Street; along L Street between 10th and Walnut; and along Walnut Street from L Street to 298th Road while Westar Energy contractors work on the Atchison electric system that runs parallel to the roads listed above. MORE...


Westar Energy board names new controller

Sept. 10, 2013 – The Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) board of directors approved the promotion of Kevin Kongs, assistant controller, to vice president, controller, effective Nov. 8, 2013. MORE...


Rotorworks crew to provide behind-the-scenes look at life above the lines

Sept. 9, 2013 – Helicopters have been flying along hundreds of miles of Westar Energy’s high-voltage transmission lines gathering information about the structures in the east-central part of our service territory to make sure they are working as designed. MORE...


Westar Energy receives approval of transmission route

Aug. 29, 2013 – Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) today received route approval from the Kansas Corporation Commission for a transmission project that will improve electric reliability and efficiency in central Kansas and ensure electricity is available to support economic growth in the area. MORE...


Westar Energy declares dividend

Aug. 29, 2013 – The Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) Board of Directors today declared a quarterly dividend of 34 cents per share payable Oct. 1, 2013, on the company’s common stock. MORE...


Westar Energy requests renewable energy proposals

Aug. 22, 2013 – Westar Energy (NYSE:WR), Kansas’ leader in wind energy, is requesting proposals to increase its renewable energy resources by at least 80 megawatts. MORE...


Westar Energy announces 2nd quarter 2013 results

Aug. 7, 2013 – Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) today announced earnings of $67 million, or $0.53 per share, for the second quarter 2013 compared with earnings of $61 million, or $0.48 per share, for the second quarter 2012. MORE...


Westar Energy crews to repair lines in Junction City

Aug. 1, 2013 – Approximately 300 customers in southern Junction City will be without power this afternoon while Westar crews make repairs. MORE...


Westar Energy schedules conference call to discuss 2nd quarter 2013 results

July 17, 2013 – On August 7, 2013, Westar Energy Inc. (NYSE: WR) plans to release second-quarter 2013 earnings after market close. On Thursday, August 8, 2013, the company plans to host its quarterly conference call and audio webcast to discuss the operating results. MORE...


Copper theft from utility poles on the rise in Montgomery County

June 28, 2013 – Thieves are stealing copper from transmission utility poles in Montgomery County – crimes that could endanger both the criminals and the public. Westar is asking for the public’s help in stopping metal thefts by remaining vigilant and reporting suspicious activity to local law enforcement. MORE...


Wellington native to lead Jeffrey Energy Center

June 6, 2013 – Doug Mericle has been named executive director, Jeffrey Energy Center. JEC is the state’s largest power plant located near St. Marys. MORE...


Falcon chicks to be banded May 30

May 22, 2013 – Media are invited to Westar Energy’s General Office, 818 S Kansas Ave., Topeka, on Thursday, May 30, to see the banding of this year’s peregrine falcon chicks. MORE...


Westar Energy will raise the flag in support of the Run for the Wall

May 17, 2013 – On Monday, May 20, as scores of motorcycles pull into the Kansas Turnpike’s Topeka service area at milepost 188 to refuel, they will pass under a 20'; x 30'; U.S. flag suspended from the raised booms of two Westar Energy utility trucks. MORE...


Westar Energy declares dividend

May 16, 2013 – The Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) Board of Directors today declared a quarterly dividend of 34 cents per share payable Jul. 1, 2013, on the company’s common stock. The dividends are payable to shareholders of record as of Jun. 7, 2013. MORE...


Westar Energy certifies building operators

May 14, 2013 – After a rigorous round of training sessions, homework and exams, 11 area building operators and facility managers have earned their Building Operator Certification (BOC) Level II designation from Westar Energy. MORE...


Westar Energy announces 1st quarter 2013 results

May 8, 2013 – Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) today announced earnings of $51 million, or $0.40 per share, for the first quarter 2013 compared with earnings of $27 million, or $0.21 per share, for the first quarter 2012. MORE...


Westar Energy to webcast 2013 annual shareholder meeting

May 7, 2013 – On Thursday, May 16, 2013, Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) will conduct its 2013 Annual Meeting of Shareholders in the Emerald Ballroom at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka, Kan. MORE...


Westar Energy submits route for 345kv transmission project to the kcc for review

May 3, 2013 – Working with landowners and area residents Westar Energy has chosen a proposed final route for an improved high capacity transmission line project. MORE...


Westar Energy offers free home energy savings workshop

April 23, 2013 – Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR), in partnership with the Manhattan Public Library, is offering a free Home Energy Savings Workshop Thursday, April 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Manhattan Public Library, 692 Poyntz Ave. MORE...


Westar Energy schedules conference call to discuss 1st quarter 2013 results

April 19, 2013 – On May 8, 2013, Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) plans to release first-quarter 2013 earnings after market close. MORE...


Westar Files follow-up rate request to recover environmental costs

April 15, 2013 – Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) today filed with the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) a request to increase rates by $31.7 million or about 1.7 percent. MORE...


Preparation key to weathering severe storm season

April 9, 2013 – It’s spring in Kansas. Flowers are blooming. Birds are chirping. Kids are playing outdoors … at least until the sky begins to darken. Spring serenity is interrupted by loud rolls of thunder. MORE...


Westar Energy modernizing topeka’s grid

April 3, 2013 – A new transmission line in Southwest Topeka is latest among 15 projects totaling more than $150 million in investment aimed at modernizing the capital city’s power grid and improving reliability and security. MORE...


Westar Energy peregrine falcon lays first eggs of the season

April 1, 2013 – Westar Energy’s peregrine mom, Nemaha, laid her first egg of the season at approximately 3:10 a.m. on Friday, March 29th and a second at approximately 12:50 p.m. on Sunday, March 31st. MORE...


Westar Energy urges customers to be on the alert for home electricity audit imposters

March 26, 2013 – Westar Energy received a report today of a man knocking on doors and asking to enter homes in the Derby area claiming to be a Westar Energy employee performing home electricity audits. MORE...


Westar receives approval from power pool for high voltage transmission project

March 21, 2013 – Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) announced today that the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) granted its approval for the Elm Creek to Summit transmission project to proceed. MORE...


Westar Energy promotes martin to vice president

March 1, 2013 – The Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) board of directors named Jeff Martin vice president, regulatory affairs at its meeting Feb. 28, 2013. MORE...


Westar Energy announces 2012 results

Feb. 28, 2013 – Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) today announced earnings of $274 million, or $2.15 per share, for 2012 compared with earnings of $229 million, or $1.95 per share, for 2011. MORE...


Westar Energy crews continue restoration work following latest winter storm

Feb. 26, 2013 – As the latest winter storm pushes through Kansas, Westar Energy crews and contract crews are working to restore power to thousands of customers. MORE...


Westar Energy certifies building operators

Feb. 20, 2013 – After a rigorous round of training sessions, homework and exams, 14 area building operators and facility managers have earned their Building Operator Certification (BOC) Level II designation from Westar Energy. MORE...


Westar Energy prepares for winter storm, encourages customers to prepare, too

Feb. 19, 2013 – Westar Energy is watching the weather closely as meteorologists are predicting sleet, snow and windy conditions Wednesday and Thursday for most of the areas it serves. MORE...


Westar Energy assists customers with LIEAP applications

Feb. 18, 2013 – Westar Energy customer advisers are assisting Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) applicants over the upcoming weeks throughout the company’s service territory. MORE...


Westar Energy schedules conference call to discuss 2012 results

Feb. 5, 2013 – On Feb. 28, 2013, Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) plans to release fourth-quarter and year end 2012 earnings after market close. On Friday, Mar. 1, 2013, the company plans to host its quarterly conference call and audio webcast to discuss the operating results. MORE...


Westar Energy reminds customers to be on the alert for fraudulent telephone calls

Feb. 1, 2013 – Westar Energy reminds customers to be on the alert for fraudulent callers claiming to be Westar Energy employees. MORE...


Westar Energy’s green team will help restore smoky hills audubon wildlife sanctuary

Jan. 24, 2013 – Westar Energy’s Green Team will help restore Smoky Hills Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary to prairie habitat on Saturday, Feb. 2. This project involves tree and brush removal. MORE...


Westar Energy receives EEI’s 2012 emergency assistance award

Jan. 10, 2013 – Edison Electric Institute (EEI) today honored Westar Energy with the association’s 2012 Emergency Assistance Award for its efforts to help other electric utilities restore power following the June “derecho” and October/November Hurricane Sandy and Winter Storm Athena events. MORE...


Westar Energy expands reliabiliTree into Manhattan, Topeka

Jan. 3, 2013 – Keeping the lights on and improving safety for customers are the goals of Westar Energy’s ReliabiliTree program. The program is expanding to include Manhattan and Topeka. MORE...


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