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2017 news releases

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Great Plains Energy and Westar Energy Shareholders Approve Merger at Special Shareholder Meetings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. & TOPEKA, Kan. – Nov. 21, 2017 – Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) and Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP), the parent company of Kansas City Power & Light (“KCP&L”), today announced at their respective shareholder meetings that shareholders overwhelmingly approved the proposals necessary for the merger between the two companies. More than 90 percent of the shares voted at each company approved the transaction. MORE...


Think safety as Christmas lights help keep holidays bright.

Topeka, Kan. – Nov. 20, 2017 – As Thanksgiving leftovers are packed into the refrigerator, talk of Christmas decorating starts to fill the air. Awareness can help ensure that holiday lights and decorations are installed and operated safely. MORE...


Westar Energy announces 3rd quarter 2017 results.

Topeka, Kan. – Oct. 31, 2017 – Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) today announced earnings of $158 million, or $1.11 per share, for the third quarter 2017 compared with earnings of $155 million, or $1.09 per share, for the third quarter 2016. Earnings for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2017 were $290 million, or $2.03 per share, compared with $293 million, or $2.06 per share, for the same period in 2016. MORE...


Careers in Energy Week illuminates opportunities.

Topeka, Kan. – Oct. 13, 2017 – Westar Energy will join the industry celebrating Careers in Energy Week Oct. 16-20. Several activities to spark students’ interests have taken place or are planned for October. Also, this week, Vault.com announced that Westar Energy interns once again voted us the No. 1 energy internship. MORE...


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

Topeka, Kan. – Oct. 11, 2017 – On Oct. 31, 2017, Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) plans to release third-quarter 2017 earnings after market close. On Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, the company plans to host its quarterly conference call and audio webcast to discuss the operating results. MORE...


Great Plains Energy and Westar Energy Schedule Special Shareholder Meetings

Kansas City, Mo. and Topeka, Kan. – Oct. 10, 2017 – Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) and Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) today each announced special meetings on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, for their respective shareholders to vote on the companies’ proposed merger of equals. MORE...


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

Topeka, Kan. – Oct. 10, 2017 – 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 29 through December 10. Youths 12 and older are invited to apply. MORE...


Installation begins for new substation walls.

Topeka, Kan. – Oct. 10, 2017 – Crews are installing decorative walls at a Westar Energy substation at 4th and Joplin Streets in Pittsburg. MORE...


Westar Energy to webcast 2017 annual shareholder meeting.

Topeka, Kan. – Oct. 5, 2017 – Westar Energy employees set a record this year, donating more than $586,000 to area organizations through the annual Your Gift, Your Choice fund-raising drive. With the company match, more than $1.1 million will be donated to charities in 2018. MORE...


Westar Energy to webcast 2017 annual shareholder meeting.

Topeka, Kan. – Oct. 4, 2017 –On Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) will conduct its 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders in the Wymore Auditorium at Westar Energy’s Corporate Headquarters 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...


Additional Westar Energy crews to assist with Hurricane Irma.

Topeka, Kan. – Sept. 11, 2017 –Eight more Westar Energy crews left Kansas this morning and are Florida bound. They are expected to arrive in Florida on Tuesday night. Last Thursday, eight Westar crews headed to Florida, and arrived in Orlando early Saturday. Those eight crews reported to a Miami suburb today. MORE...


Westar Energy crews to head southeast to assist with Hurricane Irma.

Topeka, Kan. – Sept. 6, 2017 –Westar Energy crews are responding to a call for help as Hurricane Irma moves toward Florida. Florida Power & Light has reached out to Westar and other area utilities to anticipation of the storm. Gathered from all over our service territory, about 40 Westar Energy employees, including line crews and support personnel, will leave Thursday morning from various locations. MORE...


Westar Energy celebrates Professional Training Site completion.

Topeka, Kan. – Aug. 29, 2017 –Students from Pratt Community College showed off their craft today as the Westar Energy Professional Training Site was celebrated. MORE...


Westar Energy crews head south to assist with Hurricane Harvey.

Topeka, Kan. – Aug. 28, 2017 –Westar Energy crews are responding today to a call for help as Hurricane Harvey continues its path through Texas. Centerpoint Energy has reached out to Westar and other area utilities to help repair damage and restore electricity to nearly 60,000 customers. MORE...


Westar Energy declares dividend.

Topeka, Kan. – Aug. 25, 2017 –The Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) Board of Directors today declared a quarterly dividend of 40 cents per share payable October 2, 2017, on the company’s common stock. The dividends are payable to shareholders of record as of September 8, 2017. MORE...


Westar Energy and Great Plains Energy ask KCC to approve merger of equals.

Topeka, Kan. and Kansas City, Mo. – Aug. 25, 2017 –Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) and Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) today asked the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) to approve their proposed merger. The neighboring utilities intend to apply for Missouri Public Service Commission (MPSC) approval by Aug. 31. MORE...


Green Team hosts youth dove hunt.

Topeka, Kan. – Aug. 11, 2017 –Dove season is here, and the Westar Energy Green Team is hosting its annual youth dove hunt to kick off the 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 Sept. 1-4 in the early morning or late afternoon. MORE...


Westar Energy announces 2nd quarter 2017 results.

Topeka, Kan. – Aug. 8, 2017 –Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) today announced earnings of $72 million, or $0.50 per share, for the second quarter 2017 compared with earnings of $72 million, or $0.51 per share, for the second quarter 2016. Earnings for the six months ended June 30, 2017 were $132 million, or $0.92 per share, compared with $138 million, or $0.97 per share, for the same period in 2016. MORE...


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

Topeka, Kan. – July 26, 2017 –On Aug. 8, 2017, Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) plans to release second-quarter 2017 earnings after market close. On Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, the company plans to host its quarterly conference call and audio webcast to discuss the operating results. MORE...


Westar unveils first community solar plant.

Hutchinson, Kan. – July 13, 2017 – Energy from 1.2 MW array brings solar choice to all customers. Sunshine was the star of the show today as Westar Energy Community Solar Sponsored by Hormel® Natural Choice® was celebrated. MORE...


Great Plains Energy and Westar Energy announce amended agreement, agree to a no-premium merger of equals to form leading electric utility

Kansas City, Mo., and Topeka, Kan. – July 10, 2017 –Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) and Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) today announced that both companies’ boards of directors have unanimously approved a revised transaction that involves no premium paid or received with respect to either company, no transaction debt, no exchange of cash, and is a stock-for-stock merger of equals, creating a company with a combined equity value of approximately $14 billion. MORE...


Kansas students to be recognized at Westar Energy banquet

Topeka, Kan., May 30, 2017 – Topeka, Kan., June 1, 2017 – Past Westar Energy/Haines-Weber Scholarship winner Loan-Oanh “Mimi” Thi Nguyen, thought college was not an option three years ago. This year, she is a senior at Wichita State University studying Management Information Systems and Accounting and this summer interning with Westar Energy. MORE...


Westar Energy welcomes incoming interns

Topeka, Kan., May 30, 2017 – When Cassidy Boles joined Westar Energy as a communications intern last year, she was surprised to be given sole responsibility in developing the company’s Clean Energy Kansas web page.  MORE...


Kansas Corporation Commission denies Great Plains Energy and Westar Energy Petition of Reconsideration.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. And TOPEKA, Kan. – May 23, 2017 –Today the Kansas Corporation Commission (“Commission” or “KCC”) denied the Petition for Reconsideration filed jointly by Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) and Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) regarding the Commission’s April 19, 2017, Order denying approval of Great Plains Energy’s acquisition of Westar Energy. Great Plains Energy and Westar continue to work in a timely manner to explore the possibility of a revised transaction. MORE...


Westar Energy declares dividend.

Topeka, Kan. – May 18, 2017 –The Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) Board of Directors today declared a quarterly dividend of 40 cents per share payable July 3, 2017, on the company’s common stock. The dividends are payable to shareholders of record as of June 9, 2017. MORE...


Westar Energy Announces 1st Quarter 2017 Results

Topeka, Kan. – May 9, 2017 –Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) today announced earnings of $60 million, or $0.42 per share, for the first quarter 2017 compared with earnings of $66 million, or $0.46 per share, for the first quarter 2016. MORE...


Great Plains Energy and Westar Energy File Petition for Reconsideration With Kansas Corporation Commission

Kansas City, Mo. and Topeka, Kan. – May 4, 2017 – Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) and Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) today announced that they have filed a Petition for Reconsideration with the Kansas Corporation Commission (“Commission” or “KCC”) regarding its April 19, 2017, Order denying approval of Great Plains Energy’s acquisition of Westar. MORE...


Panels installed at Westar Energy community solar site.

Topeka, Kan., April 28, 2017 – Solar panels are being installed at Westar Energy’s new solar project, the Westar Energy Community Solar Sponsored by Hormel® Natural Choice®, located near South Hutchinson. “This community solar project now gives all our customers the ability to choose solar energy,” Mark Ruelle, president and CEO, said. “Offering solar complements the extensive portfolio of existing wind and solar projects that already serve our customers.” MORE...


Westar Energy energizes rebuilt transmission line.

Topeka, Kan., April 12, 2017 – A rebuilt transmission line connecting Jeffrey Energy Center, north of St. Marys, and a substation east of Manhattan supports growing energy demand. “A robust energy grid supports economic development and electric reliability,” Kelly Harrison, vice president, transmission, said. “Investments in transmission enable us to efficiently deliver affordable, reliable and safe clean energy to our customers.” MORE...


Reliability project takes flight.

Topeka, Kan., March 20, 2017 – Beginning Tuesday a specially equipped helicopter will fly along sections of Westar Energy’s transmission system. The images it captures will help identify areas that may need maintenance and create a more modern record of the transmission system. MORE...


Western Plains Wind Farm boosts Westar’s emission-free electricity to more than 50%.

Topeka, Kan., March 1, 2017 – Westar Energy’s new Western Plains Wind Farm near Spearville is now complete, advancing Kansas’ position as a leading producer of renewable energy. With energy production from Western Plains Wind Farm, Westar Energy can now meet more than half the annual electricity needs of the homes, businesses and organizations it serves with no emissions.”    MORE...


Westar Energy prices bonds at 3.1%.

Topeka, Kan., Feb. 27, 2017 – Westar Energy today priced $300 million of 10-year bonds at an interest rate of 3.1%, which is among the lowest rate on record. “For the second time in a few months, we have issued Westar bonds at the lowest interest rates since 1949,” said Tony Somma, senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer. “We were delighted to see this continued expression of lender confidence in Westar’s long-term credit strength.”    MORE...


Westar Energy announces 2016 results.

Topeka, Kan., Feb. 22, 2017 – Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) today announced earnings of $347 million, or $2.43 per share, for 2016 compared with earnings of $292 million, or $2.11 per share, for 2015. Fourth quarter 2016 earnings were $54 million, or $0.38 per share, compared with earnings of $39 million, or $0.28 per share, for the fourth quarter 2015.   MORE...


Westar Energy invites area youths to turkey hunt.

Topeka, Kan., Feb. 21, 2017 – Westar Energy invites eligible youths to its spring turkey hunt, April 1-11, 2017, 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 schedules 2016 release of year end results.

Topeka, Kan., Feb. 1, 2017 – On Feb. 22, 2017, Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) plans to release year end 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 specialists assist with energy fund applications.

Topeka, Kan., Jan. 10, 2017 – Westar Energy customer advisers are assisting Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) applicants over the upcoming weeks throughout the company’s service territory. Since 2010 Westar Energy customer advisers have partnered with community service organizations to provide on-site support for nearly 3,000 households applying for LIEAP funds. Applications are being accepted through March 31, 2017.   MORE...


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