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2014 news releases

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Westar Energy waives credit card fee for residential customers.

Dec. 18, 2014 — Westar Energy Inc. (NYSE:WR) announced today that residential customers paying by credit and debit card will no longer pay a $2.95 convenience fee. MORE...


Westar Energy expands commitment to Kansas wind energy.

Dec. 16, 2014 - Westar Energy Inc. (NYSE:WR) announced today that it will purchase wind energy from an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC produced at the soon to be constructed Cedar Bluff wind farm in Ness and Trego counties MORE...


Westar Energy declares dividend

Nov. 26, 2014 - The Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) Board of Directors today declared a quarterly dividend of 35 cents per share payable Jan. 2, 2015, on the company’s common stock. MORE...


Westar Energy announces 3rd quarter 2014 results

Nov. 5, 2014 - Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) today announced earnings of $147 million, or $1.13 per share, for the third quarter 2014 compared with earnings of $133 million, or $1.04 per share, for the third quarter 2013. MORE...


Westar Energy certifies building operators

Oct. 31, 2014 — After a rigorous round of training sessions, homework and exams, 15 area building operators and facility personnel have earned their Building Operator Certification (BOC) Level I designation MORE...


Prairie Wind transmission’s high-capacity transmission line completed ahead of schedule, more than $60 million under budget

Oct. 30, 2014 — Prairie Wind Transmission, LLC (PWT), a joint venture between Westar Energy and Electric Transmission America, celebrated completion of its 108-mile, 345-kilovolt high-capacity electrical transmission line MORE...


Westar Energy proposes new suite of energy saving programs for customers

Oct. 29, 2014 — Westar Energy proposed a new suite of energy efficiency programs in a filing Tuesday to the Kansas Corporation Commission. Programs would benefit small business customers, residential customers and income-qualified customers MORE...


Westar Energy Partners with HomeServe to Offer Emergency Repair Plans

Oct. 28, 2014 – Westar Energy is partnering with HomeServe USA (HomeServe), a leading provider of home emergency repair service plans, to offer residential customers affordable emergency repair plans. MORE...


Prairie Wind Transmission cuts ribbon on high-capacity transmission line in south-central Kansas

Oct. 27, 2014 — Prairie Wind Transmission, LLC (PWT), a joint venture between Westar Energy and Electric Transmission America, is celebrating a much anticipated milestone MORE...


Truck or Treat for Safety invites local families to fun evening of safety demonstrations, treats

Oct. 24, 2014 — Westar Energy invites local students to have a howling good evening at Truck or Treat for Safety from 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Mill Valley High School MORE...


Westar Energy Green Team invites area youths to annual deer hunt

Oct. 22, 2014 — The Westar Energy Green Team will host rifle deer hunts for youths who have little or no deer hunting experience. Hunts will be conducted at Jeffrey Energy Center MORE...


Westar Energy schedules conference call to discuss 3rd quarter 2014 results

Oct. 16, 2014 — On Nov. 5, 2014, Westar Energy Inc. (NYSE: WR) plans to release 3rd quarter 2014 earnings after market close. On Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, the company plans to host its quarterly conference call MORE...


Westar Energy’s Corporate Bigs, Littles plan field trip to Education Station substation to learn about electricity

Oct. 10, 2014 — Learning is more fun with a friend and a field trip. That’s why Westar Energy’s Corporate Bigs program is heading to Education Station substation MORE...


Westar Energy sends crews to Texas

Oct. 3, 2014 — Westar Energy is responding to a call for help from Oncor in Dallas. Westar crews will assist Oncor’s efforts to restore power MORE...


Westar shares career opportunities with local high school students through Electrify Your Future

Sept. 29, 2014 — Wichita’s next generation of linemen and power plant operators will help ensure this community has the reliable electricity needed to power homes and businesses. MORE...


Westar shares career opportunities with local high school students through Electrify Your Future

Sept. 23, 2014 — Topeka’s next generation of linemen and power plant operators will help ensure this community has the reliable electricity needed to power homes and businesses. MORE...


Westar Energy named one of the safest companies in America by EHS Today

Sept. 17, 2014 — Every day, more than 2,400 Kansans across the state are working safely in power plants, offices and in the field providing their communities with the electricity MORE...


Westar Energy alerts customers to more fraud attempts

Sept. 9, 2014 — Westar Energy encourages customers to be cautious if they receive a call or visit from someone claiming to be from Westar trying to collect money. MORE...


Westar Energy declares dividend

Aug. 27, 2014 — The Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) Board of Directors today declared a quarterly dividend of 35 cents MORE...


Westar Energy responds to KCC's challenge

Aug. 20, 2014 — Today the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) filed a challenge with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission MORE...


Westar Energy announces 2nd quarter 2014 results

Aug. 6, 2014 - Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) today announced earnings of $53 million, or $0.41 per share, for the second quarter 2014 compared with earnings of $67 million MORE...


Schools, education parks awarded solar project funds

July 31, 2014 – Fifteen Kansas organizations have won funding to soak up the sun's energy as part of Westar Energy's Solar Photovoltaic Project MORE...


Westar Energy schedules conference call to discuss 2nd Quarter 2014 results

July 17, 2014 – On Aug. 6, 2014, Westar Energy Inc. (NYSE: WR) plans to release second-quarter 2014 earnings after market close. On Thursday, Aug. 7 MORE...


Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Summer Youth Workers visit energy center, learn about careers

July 10, 2014 – During the summer of 2014, Westar Energy is partnering with the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation (PBP Nation) in a new workforce MORE...


USD 259 employees job shadow Westar Energy line crew

June 26, 2014 – Externships provide counselors and teachers with glimpse into the electric utility industry, opportunity to relate lessons with utility jobs. MORE...


Westar Energy Awarded EEI’s 2014 Edison Award

June 9, 2014 – Westar Energy today received the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI’s) 2014 Edison Award, the electric power industry’s most prestigious honor, for MORE...


Overnight storms cause outages throughout Westar Energy service area

June 5, 2014 – Severe storms moved through Kansas last night and this morning causing wide spread power outages that are affecting our customers. MORE...


New transmission "super highway" connects west, east Kansas and improves reliability

June 5, 2014 — Kansans are a step closer to benefiting from a more robust electric transmission system with a portion of the Prairie Wind Transmission MORE...


Westar Energy schedules short outage in Osage County on June 7

June 2, 2014 – About 900 Westar Energy customers in Osage County will experience a brief power outage about 2 a.m. June 7 as maintenance is performed MORE...


KCC approves “Pay As You Go” pilot

May 29, 2014 — The Kansas Corporation Commission today approved Westar Energy’s proposed “Pay As You Go” pilot program. The voluntary prepayment pilot MORE...


Westar Energy to be honored for its partnership with Flint Hills Technical College

May 27, 2014 — Flint Hills Technical College (FHTC) president and staff will join representatives of Westar Energy at 10 a.m., Friday, May 30, MORE...


Westar Energy earns Region VII VPPPA “Dale Randall Award” for exceptional safety commitment

May 21, 2014 – The Region VII Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association (VPPPA) has awarded Westar Energy with the Dale MORE...


Peregrine falcon chicks to be banded on May 23

May 15, 2014 – Media are invited to Westar Energy’s General Office at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 23 at 818 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka, to see the banding of MORE...


Westar Energy declares dividend

May 14, 2014 – The Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) Board of Directors today declared a quarterly dividend of 35 cents per share payable July 1, 2014 MORE...


Westar Energy to webcast 2014 annual shareholder meeting

May 9, 2014 – On Thursday, May 15, 2014, Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) will conduct its 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders at the Bradbury MORE...


Westar Energy announces 1st quarter 2014 results

May 7, 2014 – Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) today announced earnings of $69 million, or $0.53 per share, for the first quarter 2014 compared with MORE...


Westar Energy reminds customers to be vigilant for fraudulent calls

May 2, 2014 – Westar Energy is alerting customers that fraudulent callers claiming to be Westar Energy employees are at work. Several business MORE...


Westar Energy, Topeka Public Schools celebrate unique education partnership, cut ribbon on Education Station

May 1, 2014 – A life-size science project for kids and adults alike is coming alive at Topeka Public Schools’ (TPS) Kanza Education and Science Park, but MORE....


Westar Energy schedules conference call to discuss 1st Quarter 2014 results

Apr. 17, 2014 – On May 7, 2014, Westar Energy Inc. (NYSE: WR) plans to release first-quarter 2014 earnings after market close. On Thursday May 8 MORE...


Westar Energy awarded for its arbor-friendly practices

March 27, 2014 – Tree Line USA and the Kansas Forest Service (KFS) today recognized Westar Energy for its commitment to proper pruning, planting MORE...


Westar Energy’s voluntary prepayment pilot remains under consideration by KCC 

March 26, 2014 – Westar Energy’s proposed “Pay As You Go” program continues to be reviewed by the Kansas Corporation Commission. Westar today MORE...


Transmission line to improve customer reliability

March 3, 2014 – Topekans may notice work preparing the way for a new transmission line in southwest Topeka beginning today. The project is MORE...


Westar Energy announces 2013 results

Feb. 26, 2014 – Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) today announced earnings of $293 million, or $2.29 per share, for 2013 compared with earnings of $274 MORE...


Westar Energy to move 365 ton transformer Saturday

Feb. 21, 2014 – Motorists just south and west of Topeka might be taken aback Saturday when they see a 365-ton gigantic metal box moving quite slowly along MORE...


Westar Energy invites youths to turkey hunts at JEC

Feb. 20, 2014 — Westar Energy is inviting eligible youths to their spring turkey hunt, April 1-20, 2014, at Jeffrey Energy Center, located seven miles north of MORE...


Westar Energy schedules conference call to discuss 2013 results

Jan. 30, 2014 – On Feb. 26, 2014, Westar Energy Inc. (NYSE: WR) plans to release fourth-quarter and year end 2013 earnings after market close. On Thursday MORE...


Cole joins Westar Energy executive team

Jan. 13, 2014 – Westar Energy Chief Executive Officer Mark Ruelle announced today that utility veteran Michel’ Cole will join the Westar Energy executive MORE...


Westar Energy to invest in solar projects to benefit Kansas organizations, as R&D for potential future energy source

Jan. 8, 2014 – Westar Energy is inviting Kansas schools, non-profit organizations and government agencies to submit proposals for solar projects and MORE...


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