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2018 news releases

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Westar Customers Receive Merger, Tax Credits

TOPEKA, Kan., Dec. 4, 2018 – Eligible Westar Energy customers have received credits related to savings from the Westar Energy-Great Plains Energy (KCP&L) merger and from the Tax Cut and Jobs Act. MORE...


KCP&L and Westar Energy warn customers of imposters

KANSAS CITY, Mo., and TOPEKA, Kan. – Dec. 17, 2018 – KCP&L and Westar Energy are alerting customers that imposters claiming to work for the companies are threatening to disconnect service and asking for prepaid cards as payment. In some cases, the caller is using a prerecorded voice. Several customers have called to report receiving suspicious phone calls. MORE...


Baldwin City Adds Solar to Energy Portfolio, Signs Agreement with Westar Energy

TOPEKA, Kan. – Nov. 19 – The City of Baldwin City is adding solar to its energy mix through an agreement with Westar Energy. MORE...


Westar Energy Observes Utility Scam Awareness Week

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Nov. 13, 2018 – KCP&L and Westar Energy stands with more than 100 utility companies across North America in support of Utilities United Against Scams (UUAS). MORE...


Kansas Businesses Enroll in Westar’s New Green Energy Program

TOPEKA, Kan. – Nov. 5, 2018 – Westar’s new Renewables Direct program subscriptions reached about 90 percent with Kansas businesses and government agencies signing on for 200 megawatts of affordable Kansas wind. MORE...


Westar Energy’s Green Team to plant trees in Eureka

Topeka, Kan., Oct. 22, 2018 – Westar Energy’s Green Team will be planting about 50 trees on Saturday, Oct. 27, beginning at 9 a.m. in Eureka, Kansas. They are expected to finish between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Media are invited. MORE...


Westar Energy Green Team invites area youths to annual deer hunt

TOPEKA, Kan., Oct. 15, 2018 — 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 during the early firearm deer season, Nov. 28 to Dec. 9. Youths 12 and older are invited to apply. MORE...


Westar Energy warns customers of electric company imposters

TOPEKA, Kan. – Sept. 12, 2018 – Westar Energy is alerting customers that imposters claiming to work for the company are threatening to disconnect service and asking for prepaid cards as payment. Several customers have contacted Westar Energy’s Customer Relations Center after receiving suspicious phone calls. MORE...


McPherson, Westar expand wind agreement

TOPEKA, Kan. – Sept. 6 – McPherson Board of Public Utilities expanded its commitment Wednesday to purchase Kansas wind energy from Westar Energy. MORE...


Westar’s Parent Company, Evergy, Demonstrates Local Utility’s Community Commitment with $1.4 million Contribution to Downtown Park

Wichita, Kan. – Aug. 22 2018 – Downtown Wichita development plans got a major boost today thanks to a $1.4 million commitment from Evergy, which is Westar Energy’s parent company, to transform Naftzger Park. TGC Development Group will host a groundbreaking for the project at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 23, at 698 E. Williams St. MORE...


Westar Energy Green Team Invites Area Youths to Dove Hunt

Topeka, Kan. – Aug. 9 2018 – 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 near St. Marys on Saturday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 3 in the early morning or late afternoon. MORE...


Westar marks 25 million megawatt hours of wind energy

Topeka, Kan. – Aug. 8 2018 – Westar Energy wind farms marked 25 million megawatt hours of wind electricity production on Sunday, as American Wind Week got under way. That’s enough electricity to power Topeka for 25 years or Wichita for nine. MORE...


Westar announces retirement date for generators at three energy centers

Topeka, Kan. – Aug. 1, 2018 – Westar Energy announced retirement dates for generation units earmarked for closure in the merger agreement announced last year between Westar Energy and Great Plains Energy. MORE...


Evergy Contributes $2.5 Million to Plaza Downtown

Topeka, Kan. – July 16, 2018 – Evergy announced its first major corporate gift today with a pledge of $2.5 million to development of a plaza in downtown Topeka, building on the legacy of its predecessor companies, Westar Energy and KCP&L. MORE...


New Westar Energy Program, Wind Farm Aims to Attract Large Customers

Topeka, Kan. – July 11, 2018 – Tuesday the Kansas Corporation Commission approved a new program that gives businesses in Westar Energy’s service area access to competitively priced renewable energy. With the approval of the program, Westar announced it reached a 20-year agreement with an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC to purchase energy from a new 300 megawatt wind farm to be developed in Nemaha County, Kan. MORE...


Westar Energy Celebrates New Atchison Substation

Topeka, Kan. – June 6, 2018 – Westar Energy will celebrate a new substation and completion of transmission upgrades in Atchison. MORE...


Two Westar Energy employees die from injuries at Jeffrey Energy Center.

Topeka, Kan. – June 4, 2018 – Two Westar Energy employees died last night from injuries sustained Sunday at Jeffrey Energy Center. Operations supervisors Craig Burchett, of Overbrook, and Jesse Henson, of Manhattan, were critically injured when a piece of equipment with high pressure steam behind it apparently failed. MORE...


Westar Energy employees injured at Jeffrey Energy Center.

Topeka, Kan. – June 3, 2018 – Two Westar Energy employees were injured at Jeffrey Energy Center at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday. They were transported by helicopter to the University of Kansas Medical Center, where they are being treated for severe burns. Immediate family members have been notified. MORE...


Kansas students to be recognized at Westar Energy banquet.

Topeka, Kan. – May 31, 2018 – This evening at 5:30 p.m. Westar Energy will award 24 area high school graduates a college scholarship at a banquet in their honor at Top of the Tower restaurant, downtown Bank of America building, 534 S. Kansas Ave. Media are invited. The event will celebrate the 24 high school seniors awarded the Westar Energy/Haines-Weber Scholarship this year. The program, started more than a half-century ago, has helped hundreds of Kansas students fund their educational journeys. MORE...


Westar Energy welcomes incoming interns.

Kansas City, Mo., and Topeka, Kan. – May 30, 2018 – When Katie Gillespie joined Westar Energy as a human resource intern this January, she was pleasantly surprised to find it wasn’t what she was had expected. “At my last internship, I had the stereotypical duties of making copies, getting coffee and filing paperwork,” Gillespie said. “I expected this to be just another internship, but Westar treats me like a valuable member of the team. I get to own my own projects, where I am contributing to the team while also growing as a professional and learning about an industry that is so important to daily life.” MORE...


Merger of Great Plains Energy and Westar Energy Approved, Paving Way for Benefits to Customers, Communities and Shareholders

Kansas City, Mo., and Topeka, Kan. – May 24, 2018 – Today, Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP), which serves customers as KCP&L, and Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) received final regulatory approval from the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) and Missouri Public Service Commission (MPSC) to combine. The stock-for-stock merger of equals creates a holding company of approximately $15 billion equity value, which will be named Evergy, Inc. (NYSE: EVRG). Its principal business will be conducted by the operating companies known today as Westar and KCP&L. MORE...


Westar Energy warns customers of electric company impostors.

Topeka, Kan. – May 18, 2018 – Westar Energy is alerting customers that impostors claiming to work for the company are threatening to disconnect service and asking for prepaid cards as payment. Several customers have contacted Westar Energy’s Customer Relations Center after receiving suspicious phone calls. MORE...


Westar Energy declares dividend.

Topeka, Kan. – May 17, 2018 – The Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) Board of Directors today declared a quarterly dividend of 40 cents per share payable June 20, 2018, on the company’s common stock. The dividends are payable to shareholders of record as of May 30, 2018.  MORE...


Westar Energy Announces 1st Quarter 2018 Results.

Topeka, Kan. – May 8, 2018 – Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) today announced earnings of $60 million, or $0.42 per share, for the first quarter 2018, unchanged from the first quarter of last year.  MORE...


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

Topeka, Kan. – April 18, 2018 – On May 8, 2018, Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) plans to release first-quarter 2018 results after market close. On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, the company plans to host its quarterly conference call and audio webcast to discuss the results.  MORE...


MGP Ingredients demonstrates environmental commitment with Westar Wind.

Topeka, Kan. – April 3, 2018 – Atchison, Kan.,-based MGP Ingredients furthered its dedication to sustainability with a 100 percent commitment to renewable electric energy through Westar Wind. In a three-year agreement, electric usage at MGP’s facilities in Atchison and Lawrenceburg, Ind., will be offset by green energy provided by Westar’s ample wind resources.  MORE...


Street light upgrade begins for Wichita metro.

Wichita, Kan. – March 26, 2018 – Streets and sidewalks around INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita are brighter under new LED streetlights installed ahead of the NCAA tournament. Westar Energy is replacing street lights throughout the Wichita metro area with new, energy efficient LEDs. The new lights will improve public safety and improve visibility for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.  MORE...


Westar Energy crews head northeast to help restore power.

Topeka, Kan. – March 8, 2018 – Westar Energy will leave Friday morning to assist with power restoration in New England, where states are preparing for a second winter storm.  MORE...


Westar Energy invites area youths to turkey hunt.

Topeka, Kan. – Feb. 22, 2018 – Westar Energy invites eligible youths to its spring turkey hunt April 1-17, 2018, at Jeffrey Energy Center, seven miles north of St. Marys. The event is open to 12- to 17-year-olds who have not harvested a turkey and is supported by Westar Energy Green Team volunteers who are veteran hunters available to assist the youths and their mentors.  MORE...


Westar Energy announces 2017 results.

Topeka, Kan. – Feb. 21, 2018 –Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) today announced earnings of $324 million, or $2.27 per share, for 2017 compared with earnings of $347 million, or $2.43 per share, for 2016. Fourth quarter 2017 earnings were $34 million, or $0.24 per share, compared with earnings of $54 million, or $0.38 per share, for the fourth quarter 2016.  MORE...


Westar Energy warns customers of electric company imposters.

Topeka, Kan. – Feb. 16, 2018 – Westar Energy is alerting customers that imposters claiming to work for the company are threatening to disconnect service and asking for prepaid cards as payment. Several customers have contacted Westar Energy’s Customer Relations Center after receiving suspicious phone calls.  MORE...


Westar Energy schedules conference call to discuss 2017 results.

Topeka, Kan. – Feb. 5, 2018 – On Feb. 21, 2018, Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) plans to release year end 2017 results after market close. On Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, the company plans to host its quarterly conference call and audio webcast to discuss the results.  MORE...


Westar Energy to reflect federal tax cut in utility rates.

Topeka, Kan. – Feb. 1, 2018 – Consistent with its recent statements, Westar Energy (NYSE: WR) today asked the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) to update its prices for the new lower federal tax rate, which will save customers about $74 million per year. Westar’s request also included $11 million of initial savings in contemplation of its proposed merger with Great Plains Energy and $29 million in savings achieved from refinancing debt. These $114 million in savings offset costs related to the recently added Western Plains wind farm, depreciation and other expenses. All told, these adjustments will reduce prices by about $2 million in September, when the KCC’s decision is due. In early 2019, credits that reduced customer prices for about 10 years will expire, and Westar has asked to adjust prices for those changes at that time.  MORE...


Westar Energy to reflect federal tax cut in utility rates.

Topeka, Kan. – Jan. 18, 2018 – Today Westar Energy announced it will file a request before the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) to reflect in its electricity rates the full amount of tax savings from the change in the federal tax law. Westar said that a detailed application is being prepared and will be filed later this month or early February. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which decreased the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, was signed into law on Dec. 22, 2017, and became effective Jan. 1, 2018.  MORE...


Westar Energy earns ‘Emergency Assistance Award’ for efforts to restore service after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma.

Scottsdale, Ariz. – Jan. 10, 2018 – The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) today presented Westar Energy with the association’s “Emergency Assistance Award” for its outstanding work assisting customers impacted by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017 and Hurricane Irma in September 2017. MORE...


Westar specialists assist with energy fund applications.

TOPEKA, Kan. – Jan. 9, 2018 –Westar Energy customer advisers are assisting Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) applicants over the upcoming weeks throughout the communities we serve. Since 2010 Westar Energy customer advisers have partnered with community service organizations to provide on-site support for more than 3,500 households applying for LIEAP funds. Applications are being accepted through March 31, 2018. MORE...


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