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2016 news releases

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Westar adds to its national leadership position in renewable energy.

Topeka, Kan., Dec. 20, 2016 – More wind from Kansas’ central plains is being harnessed for electricity as the Kingman and Ninnescah Wind Energy Centers begin production. Combined, the 400 megawatts of new wind production will produce enough power for 100,000 Kansas homes.   MORE...


Westar begins construction of new service center.

Wichita, Kan., Dec. 16, 2016 – Westar Energy employees and community leaders celebrated the start of construction on a new service building at Webb Business Park in Wichita. The service center will be the hub for field operations, including line crews who maintain and repair the power grid that serves the Wichita metro area.   MORE...


New Westar Energy transmission line strengthens grid.

Topeka, Kan.– Dec. 9, 2016 – A new 60 mile high-voltage transmission line that spans from Salina to Concordia in north central Kansas was energized this week. Westar Energy constructed the southern 30 miles of line, which ensures wind energy developed in the area can be delivered to customers. It also improves reliability and gives communities better access to power markets, which reduces power prices.   MORE...


Great Plains Energy Announces Leadership Team of Combined Company.

Kansas City, Mo.– Dec. 8, 2016 – Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP), the parent company of Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L), today announced the executive officer team that will lead the combined company once Great Plains Energy’s acquisition of Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) is complete in Spring 2017.  MORE...


Westar Energy lowers prices $27 million.

Topeka, Kan., Dec. 5, 2016 – Westar Energy submitted a $27 million rate reduction with the Kansas Corporation Commission on Friday, Dec. 2. For the average household, the reduction will save them on average up to $1.20 per month. The updated price will begin in January.  MORE...


Westar Energy declares dividend.

Topeka, Kan., Nov. 23, 2016 – The Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) Board of Directors today declared a quarterly dividend of 38 cents per share payable Jan. 3, 2017, on the company’s common stock. The dividends are payable to shareholders of record as of Dec. 9, 2016.  MORE...


Westar Energy advances solar options.

Topeka, Kan., Nov. 10, 2016 – Early next year, any Westar Energy customer will be able to harness the sun to provide energy to their home or business. A 1 megawatt Community Solar installation will be constructed west of South Hutchinson in Reno County.  MORE...


Westar Energy announces 3rd quarter 2016 results.

Topeka, Kan., Nov. 1, 2016 – Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) today announced earnings of $155 million, or $1.09 per share, for the third quarter 2016 compared with earnings of $138 million, or $0.97 per share, for the third quarter 2015. MORE...


Westar Energy’s rate request to recover costs to make air cleaner, system more reliable.

Topeka, Kan., Oct. 26, 2016 – Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) today filed a request with the Kansas Corporation Commission to adjust its prices by 1 percent or $17.4 million. The request was expected by regulators and allows the company to recover costs that weren’t final at the time of last year’s full price review. MORE...


Westar Energy schedules 3rd quarter release.

Topeka, Kan., Oct. 13, 2016 – On Nov. 1, 2016, Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) plans to release third-quarter 2016 earnings after market close. Due to the pending transaction with Great Plains Energy, Westar Energy will no longer host a quarterly webcast and conference call. MORE...


Westar Energy named best energy internship for 2nd year.

Topeka, Kan., Oct. 11, 2016 – Westar Energy earned top honors for providing the best intern experience in the energy industry for the second year and was rated No. 12 in the top 50 when Vault.com announced its 2017 Internship Rankings today. MORE...


Westar Energy Green Team invites area youth to annual deer hunt.

Topeka, Kan., Oct. 10, 2016 – The Westar Energy Green Team will host rifle deer hunts for youths with little or no deer hunting experience. Hunts will be conducted at Jeffrey Energy Center, located seven miles north of St. Marys, Kansas during the early firearm deer season; November 30 through December 11. Youths 12 and older are invited to apply. MORE...


Westar Energy declares dividend.

Topeka, Kan., Aug. 26, 2016 – The Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) Board of Directors today declared a quarterly dividend of 38 cents per share payable Oct. 3, 2016, on the company’s common stock. The dividends are payable to shareholders of record as of Sept. 9, 2016. MORE...


Great Plains Energy and Westar Energy Schedule Special Shareholder Meetings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. and TOPEKA, Kan. – Aug. 25, 2016 – Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP), the parent company of KCP&L, and Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR), today each announced special meetings on Monday, September 26, 2016, for their respective shareholders to vote on the companies’ proposed transaction. MORE...


Westar Energy announces 2nd-quarter results.

Topeka, Kan., Aug. 2, 2016 –Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) today announced earnings of $72 million, or $0.51 per share, for the second quarter 2016 compared with earnings of $64 million, or $0.47 per share, for the second quarter 2015.  MORE...


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

Topeka, Kan., July 13, 2016 –On Aug. 2, 2016, Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) plans to release second-quarter 2016 earnings after market close. On Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, the company plans to host its quarterly conference call and audio webcast to discuss the operating results.  MORE...


Westar Energy, NextEra Energy Resources celebrate construction of Kingman Wind Energy Center.

TOPEKA, Kan., July 12, 2016 - Landowners and local leaders this morning celebrated the beginning of construction of the Kingman Wind Energy Center near Kingman. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback participated in the event along with dozens of local landowners, officials and company representatives. Attendees signed a 150-foot wind turbine blade that will be used in the project.MORE...


Westar, NextEra Energy Resources to break ground on Kingman Wind Energy Center.

TOPEKA, Kan., July 6, 2016 - Join us July 12, as Westar Energy and NextEra Energy Resources, along with Gov. Sam Brownback, celebrate breaking ground for the Kingman Wind Energy Center. The project will generate enough energy for about 50,000 Kansas homes. MORE...


Westar Energy offers investors $350 million in “green bonds.”

TOPEKA, Kan., June 20, 2016 -Westar Energy’s green energy commitment grew stronger as it announced its first offering of “green bonds” to support additional renewable energy projects. MORE...


Great Plains Energy to Acquire Westar Energy, Creating Long-Term Value for Shareholders and Cost Savings for Customers

Kansas City, MO – May 31, 2016 – Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP), the parent company of KCP&L, and Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR), today announced a definitive agreement for Great Plains Energy to acquire Westar. MORE...


Westar Energy declares dividend.

Topeka, Kan., May 18, 2016 –The Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) Board of Directors today declared a quarterly dividend of 38 cents per share payable July 1, 2016, on the company’s common stock. The dividends are payable to shareholders of record as of June 9, 2016.MORE...


Westar Energy to webcast 2016 annual shareholder meeting.

Topeka, Kan., May 12, 2016 –On Thursday, May 19, 2016, Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) will conduct its 2016 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. The meeting and webcast will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Central).MORE...


Westar Energy announces 1st quarter 2016 results.

TOPEKA, Kan., May 3, 2016 - Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) today announced earnings of $66 million, or $0.46 per share, for the first quarter 2016 compared with earnings of $51 million, or $0.38 per share, for the first quarter 2015. MORE...


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

Topeka, Kan., April 13, 2016 – On May 3, 2016, Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) plans to release first-quarter 2016 earnings after market close. On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, the company plans to host its quarterly conference call and audio webcast to discuss the operating results.MORE...


Westar Energy breaks ground on Western Plains Wind Farm.

Topeka, Kan., April 12, 2016 – Westar Energy welcomed local leaders and landowners Monday to break ground and celebrate as construction begins on the 280 megawatt Western Plains Wind Farm near Spearville. MORE...


Westar Energy certifies building operators.

Wichita, Kan., April 8, 2016 – After a rigorous round of training sessions, homework and exams, 12 area building operators and facility personnel have earned their Building Operator Certification (BOC) Level II designation from Westar Energy. MORE...


All Green. All Day.

Topeka, Kan., March 16, 2016 – Westar Energy celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with 100% green energy. Westar Energy will be all green, all day for St. Patrick’s Day. “We are committed to providing clean, reliable energy to our customers. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we’ll meet all of our customers’ electricity needs with green energy,” said Mark Ruelle, president and chief executive officer. MORE...


Westar Energy invites area youths to turkey hunt.

Topeka, Kan., March 2, 2016 –Westar Energy is inviting eligible youths to its spring turkey hunt, April 1-12, 2016, 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. The project is supported by Westar Energy Green Team volunteers who are veteran hunters available to assist the youths and their mentors. MORE...


Westar Energy supplies wind energy to Kansas utilities.

Topeka, Kan., Feb. 10, 2016 –As Westar Energy grows its commitment to renewable energy, it is also making green energy available to other utilities it serves on a wholesale basis. “For a decade, Westar has been leading the investment in Kansas green energy,” said John Bridson, senior vice president, generation and marketing. “Westar will be supplying neighboring Kansas utilities with renewable energy at attractive prices that would not otherwise be available to them." MORE...


Westar Energy schedules conference call to discuss 2015 results.

Topeka, Kan., Feb. 4, 2016 –On Feb. 24, 2016, Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) plans to release 4th quarter and year end 2015 earnings after market close. On Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, the company plans to host its quarterly conference call and audio webcast to discuss the operating results. MORE...


FAA step enables Westar to increase efficiency, potentially shorten power outages.

Topeka, Kan., Jan. 26, 2016 –Westar Energy was granted a Section 333 Exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration. The exemption grants the company authority to conduct commercial operations via unmanned aircraft systems (UAS - also referred to as drones) in approved airspace. Westar plans to use UAS to capture still images, video and other data to be used for inspection of utility infrastructure.  MORE...


Westar Energy certifies building operators.

Wichita, Kan., Jan. 26, 2016 –After a rigorous round of training sessions, homework and exams, 21 area building operators and facility personnel have earned their Building Operator Certification (BOC) Level I designation from Westar Energy. This nationally recognized certification in building operation efficiency educates employees responsible for maintenance and operations of large buildings and their complex heating, mechanical and electrical systems. MORE...


No rooftop required: Westar Energy offers community solar.

Topeka, Kan., Jan. 18, 2016 –Westar Energy invites customers to subscribe to its new community solar program, designed to make solar possible for all customers. “Our customers are interested in solar, and Westar’s new program makes solar power easy and available to all our customers. Community solar removes the barriers that keep solar limited to just a few customers,” said Mark Ruelle, president and chief executive officer. “Community solar guarantees a locked-in price and is maintenance free.”  MORE...


 

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