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2015 news releases

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Westar Energy expands wind energy with Kingman Wind farm.

Topeka, Kan., Dec. 31, 2015 –Westar Energy (NYSE:WR) has reached an agreement with an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources to purchase another 200 megawatts of Kansas wind energy. “Our customers will benefit from this low cost wind energy,” said Mark Ruelle, Westar Energy president and chief executive officer. “Wind energy development brings jobs and investment to our rural communities.” MORE...


Westar Energy to lower customer costs by adding more Kansas wind energy.

Topeka, Kan., Dec. 22, 2015 –More Kansas wind will help power the homes and businesses of Westar Energy’s customers by early 2017. Westar Energy Inc. (NYSE:WR) announced today an agreement that will add nearly 300 megawatts to its growing wind energy portfolio. MORE...


Westar Energy warns customers of imposters.

Topeka, Kan., Dec. 10, 2015 –Westar Energy is alerting customers that imposters claiming to work for the electric company are calling with threats to disconnect service and demanding prepaid cards as payment. Several customers have contacted Westar Energy’s Customer Relations Center after receiving suspicious phone calls. In many cases, the imposters are providing a toll-free phone number that when called sounds like Westar Energy’s automated phone system. MORE...


Westar Energy declares dividend.

Topeka, Kan., Nov. 25, 2015 –The Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) Board of Directors today declared a quarterly dividend of 36 cents per share payable Jan. 4, 2016, on the company’s common stock. The dividends are payable to shareholders of record as of Dec. 9, 2015. MORE...


Westar Energy earns top marks from interns.

Topeka, Kan., Nov. 24, 2015 –Westar Energy found its name among international brands like Boeing and Nickelodeon when Vault.com announced its 2016 Internship Rankings recently. Westar Energy earned top honors for Quality of Life and for providing the best intern experience in the energy industry. MORE...


Westar Energy applauds downtown investment.

Topeka, Kan., Nov. 16, 2015 –Downtown Topeka Inc’s announcement earlier today regarding a new hotel, restaurant and meeting space downtown generated a buzz at neighbor Westar Energy. “As a major employer downtown, we’re excited about our new neighbor and love that other businesses are joining us by investing in downtown Topeka,” said Michel‘ Cole, vice president corporate communications and public affairs.  MORE...


Westar Energy certifies building operators.

Topeka, Kan., Nov. 4, 2015 –After a rigorous round of training sessions, homework and exams, 18 area building operators and facility personnel have earned their Building Operator Certification (BOC) Level I designation from Westar Energy.  MORE...


Westar Energy announces 3rd quarter 2015 results.

Topeka, Kan., Nov. 3, 2015 –Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) today announced earnings of $138 million, or $0.97 per share, for the third quarter 2015 compared with earnings of $147 million, or $1.13 per share, for the third quarter 2014. MORE...


Westar modernizes electricity production in Kansas.

Topeka, Kan., Oct. 13, 2015 –Westar Energy (NYSE:WR) announced plans today to continue its transition to a cleaner, more modern electricity supply. As part of the plan, the company will phase out old electrical generating equipment at three locations by year end. MORE...


Westar Energy warns customers of electric company imposters.

Topeka, Kan., Oct. 7, 2015 –Westar Energy is alerting customers that imposters claiming to work for the electric company are threatening to disconnect service and asking for prepaid cards as payment.  MORE...


Westar Energy to expand solar energy, make it available to all customers.

Topeka, Kan., Sept. 10, 2015 –With growing customer interest in more green energy options, Westar Energy, the state’s largest sponsor of renewable energy is expanding those choices. Westar is looking for proposals from experienced solar developers for a solar garden to help bring solar power to customers MORE...


Westar Energy certifies building operators.

Wichita, Kan., Sept. 10, 2015 –After a rigorous round of training sessions, homework and exams, 11 area building operators and facility personnel have earned their Building Operator Certification (BOC) Level I designation from Westar Energy. MORE...


Westar Energy recognizes Grace E. Stewart Elementary School for its solar energy partnership, commitment to renewable energy education.

Topeka, Kan., Sept. 9, 2015 –Fifth grade Grace E. Stewart Elementary science students will join school leaders as Westar Energy presents a sign recognizing the school for its solar energy project. The school is one of 17 organizations awarded funding by Westar to add a solar array to its building. MORE...


Westar Energy board appoints Grunst to vice president, IT.

Topeka, Kan., Sept. 1, 2015 –The Westar Energy board of directors unanimously appointed Debra Grunst as vice president, information technology, at its August board meeting. Grunst’s appointment as an officer of the company takes effect Sept. 1, 2015. MORE...


Westar Energy promotes Bough; Jackson joins to lead power marketing.

Topeka, Kan., Aug. 31, 2015 –Westar Energy announced today that Lloyd Jackson joined the company as executive director, power marketing. Gordon Evans Energy Center manager Casey Bough has been promoted to executive director, gas power plants. MORE...


Westar Energy declares dividend.

Topeka, Kan., Aug. 26, 2015 –The Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) Board of Directors today declared a quarterly dividend of 36 cents per share payable Oct. 1, 2015, on the company’s common stock. The dividends are payable to shareholders of record as of Sept. 9, 2015. MORE...


Westar Energy Green Team invites area youths to dove hunt.

Topeka, Kan., Aug. 14, 2015 –The Westar Energy Green Team is hosting its annual youth dove hunt to kick off dove season. It’s an excellent way to learn dove hunting basics, with plenty of birds flying at close range. The hunt will take place at Jeffrey Energy Center in St. Marys on Saturday, Sept. 5 and Sunday, Sept. 6 in the early morning or late afternoon. MORE...


Westar Energy promotes Graves to labor relations, Greene to lead energy center.

Topeka, Kan., Aug. 13, 2015 – Larry Graves, who has been director of Tecumseh Energy Center for the past three years, will join Westar Energy’s labor relations team in human resources. Geoff Greene, superintendent of plant maintenance at Jeffrey Energy Center, will replace Graves as director, Tecumseh Energy Center. MORE...


Westar Energy schedules late-night outage for Denison to replace utility pole in need of repair.

Topeka, Kan., Aug. 12, 2015 – Westar Energy is planning a scheduled power outage for late Tuesday, Aug. 18, for the entire town of Denison. The outage is expected to start around 11 p.m. and last through the morning of Aug. 19. The scheduled outage is necessary to allow Westar crews to safely replace a utility pole MORE...


Westar Energy and other parties reach tentative agreement for much smaller price increase, expanding renewable choices for customers.

Topeka, Kan., Aug. 6, 2015 – Westar Energy, Inc., (NYSE: WR) and other intervening parties to its rate review reached an agreement to increase prices $78 million or about half of Westar’s original request filed in March. The agreement still allows Westar to recover costs associated with mandated environmental upgrades to its LaCygne energy center but cuts significantly costs for other programs it had requested MORE...


Westar Energy announces 2nd quarter 2015 results.

Topeka, Kan., Aug. 4, 2015 – Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) today announced earnings of $64 million, or $0.47 per share, for the second quarter 2015 compared with earnings of $53 million, or $0.41 per share, for the second quarter 2014. MORE...


Kansans support responsible expansion of renewable energy.

Topeka, Kan., July 20, 2015 – In early June, Kansans overwhelmingly expressed support for more renewable energy as long as it is part of a commonsense approach that balances energy sources, avoids needless expense and doesn’t punish those who can’t install solar panels. MORE...


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

Topeka, Kan., July 15, 2015 –On Aug. 4, 2015, Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) plans to release 2nd quarter 2015 earnings after market close. On Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, the company plans to host its quarterly conference call and audio webcast to discuss the operating results. MORE...


Westar Energy-KCC agreement maintains strong environment for transmission investment for customers.

Topeka, Kan., July 1, 2015 –Westar Energy (NYSE:WR)and the Kansas Corporation Commission agreed to a settlement June 30 that, if approved, would resolve the complaint filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by the KCC last year. MORE...


Westar Energy requests renewable energy proposals.

Topeka, Kan., June 11, 2015 –Westar Energy (NYSE:WR), the leader in Kansas wind energy, requests proposals for renewable energy projects that would provide affordable, clean energy to Westar customers by the end of 2016. MORE...


Topeka students charged to help teach others about electric industry.

Topeka, Kan., June 9, 2015 – Westar Energy is tapping into the talent and ability of students to help engage youths and inform them about careers in the electric utility industry. For the past two weeks, 10 Topeka Public School students have experienced the business world MORE...


Westar joins energy leaders at Siemens to highlight wind industry’s positive impact on Kansas.

Topeka, Kan., June 4, 2015  — Westar Energy and other energy leaders recently celebrated the positive impact the Siemens nacelle factory is having on Kansas’ economy as part of America’s wind energy industry. MORE...


Westar Energy extends land lease with KDWPT.

Topeka, Kan., June 2, 2015 – Westar Energy and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism have extended their partnership that allows public access to the land around Jeffrey Energy Center, 25905 Jeffrey Rd., St. Marys, for hunting and fishing.  MORE...


Westar Energy to purchase more Kansas wind energy.

Topeka, Kan., May 26, 2015  — Westar Energy Inc. (NYSE:WR) announced today that it will grow its renewable energy commitment to nearly 1,300 megawatts – equivalent to the power consumption of about half the homes it serves.  MORE...


Westar Energy declares dividend.

Topeka, Kan., May 20, 2015  — The Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) Board of Directors today declared a quarterly dividend of 36 cents per share payable July 1, 2015, on the company’s common stock. The dividends are payable to shareholders of record as of June 9, 2015. MORE...


Westar Energy celebrates public use agreement with youth fishing derby.

Topeka, Kan., May 19, 2015  — Westar Energy and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism have extended their partnership that allows public access to the land around Jeffrey Energy Center, 25905 Jeffrey Rd., St. Marys, for hunting and fishing. They will celebrate the 20-year agreement Saturday, May 30, with a fishing derby at the energy center for all kids 12 or younger.  MORE...


Westar Energy to webcast 2015 annual shareholder meeting.

Topeka, Kan., May 14, 2015  — On Thursday, May 21, 2015, Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) will conduct its 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders in the Shawnee Room at the Maner Conference Center in Topeka, Kan. The audio of the meeting will be accessible on the Westar Energy’s Investor website, WestarEnergy.com/investors.   MORE...


Westar Energy announces 1st quarter 2015 results.

Topeka, Kan., May 5, 2015  — Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) today announced earnings of $51 million, or $0.38 per share, for the first quarter 2015 compared with earnings of $69 million, or $0.53 per share, for the first quarter 2014.   MORE...


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

Topeka, Kan., Apr. 17, 2015  — On May 5, 2015, Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) plans to release 1st quarter 2015 earnings after market close. On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, the company plans to host its quarterly conference call and audio webcast   MORE...


Westar Energy’s free mobile app adds convenience for busy customers.

Topeka, Kan., March 31, 2015  — Westar Energy Inc. (NYSE:WR) recently launched its MyWestar free mobile app, which provides customers a convenient and easy way to manage their account including reporting and tracking service outages from their mobile devices. The MyWestar app, available on the Apple App Store and Google Play, offers flexibility for those on the go.   MORE...


Westar Energy partners with Allconnect to make moving easier.

Topeka, Kan., March 27, 2015  — Westar Energy is partnering with Allconnect, a national leader in connecting consumers with new services, to offer its Move Advisor program to Westar’s customers. The program “Connections from Westar Energy” is a free, one-stop resource   MORE...


Westar Energy Earns EEI’s “Advocacy Excellence Award” for the Westar Energy Education Station.

WASHINGTON (March 18, 2015)  — The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) today awarded Westar Energy with the association’s “Advocacy Excellence Award” for its extraordinary work in partnership with Topeka Public Schools to build the Westar Energy Education Station in Topeka.   MORE...


Westar Energy joins U.S. Department of Energy Workplace Charging Challenge.

Topeka, Kan., March 9, 2015 — Westar Energy is now a Partner in the Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge, which aims to increase the number of American employers offering workplace charging for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs).    MORE...


Westar Energy invites area youths to turkey hunt.

Topeka, Kan., March 6, 2015 — Westar Energy is inviting eligible youths to its spring turkey hunt, April 1-14, 2015, at Jeffrey Energy Center, located seven miles north of St. Marys. The event is open to 12 to 17 year olds who have not harvested a turkey.    MORE...


Westar Energy crews head south to assist as Arkansas prepares for ice.

Topeka, Kan., March 4, 2015 — Westar Energy crews will respond Thursday to a call for help as Arkansas prepares for a predicted ice storm. Entergy Arkansas has reached out to Westar and other area utilities to assist with anticipated power outages and damage if the predicted weather hits.    MORE...


Westar Energy requests price increase to recover investments for EPA compliance, reliability.

Topeka, Kan., March 1, 2015 — Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) today filed a request with the Kansas Corporation Commission to adjust its prices by 7.9 percent or $152 million. The requested increase reflects costs of mandated environmental upgrades to comply with clean air regulations, life-extension improvements to Wolf Creek Nuclear Generating Station and investments to protect the grid against power outages, among other costs.    MORE...


Westar Energy announces 2014 results.

Topeka, Kan., Feb. 25, 2015 — Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) today announced earnings of $313 million, or $2.40 per share, for 2014 compared with earnings of $293 million, or $2.29 per share, for 2013.    MORE...


Westar Energy schedules conference call to discuss 2014 results.

Topeka, Kan., Feb. 5, 2015 — On Feb. 25, 2015, Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) plans to release 4th quarter and year end 2014 earnings after market close. On Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, the company plans to host its quarterly conference call and audio webcast to discuss the operating results.   MORE...


Westar shares career opportunities with students through Electrify Your Future.

Topeka, Kan., Feb. 3, 2015 — Behind the scenes a variety of professionals at Westar Energy with specializations ranging from human resources to accounting to engineering to customer service and more work to ensure safe, reliable electricity is available in our communities.   MORE...


Westar Energy certifies building operators.

Wichita, Kan., Jan. 23, 2015 — 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 from Westar Energy.  MORE...


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