Westar Energy

Brian Grimmett

A proposed merger between two of Kansas’ biggest electric utilities drew little criticism, or praise, during a public hearing Monday night in Topeka.

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Westar Energy and Kansas City Power & Light say all the money coming from recently passed federal corporate tax cuts will land in their customers’ pockets. On Thursday, the agency that sets utility rates in Kansas insisted on it.  

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The only public hearing on the proposed merger between Westar Energy and Great Plains Energy will take place next Monday in Topeka.

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Despite a large cut to the corporate tax rate, Kansas utility companies say they still expect to ask for rate increases this year.

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Shareholders on Tuesday OK'd a new plan for the merger between two of the region’s largest power companies: Great Plains Energy (the parent company of Kansas City Power & Light) and Westar Energy. Meanwhile, Kansas regulators set a timeline for giving their approval to this latest deal.

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Overnight temperatures have begun to dip near or below freezing. That can mean increased utility bills, and for many low-income families, increased financial pressure as they try to pay them.

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Another shareholder lawsuit is challenging the proposed merger of the parent company of Kansas City Power & Light Co. and Westar Energy Inc. in Topeka.

The $14 billion cash and stock deal, a so-called merger of equals, was announced in July. The merged company, to be called Monarch Energy Holding, would have about 1.6 million customers in Missouri and Kansas.

Regulators rejected an earlier proposed deal because they said the price was too high and required KCP&L’s parent to take on too much debt.

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Westar Energy on Tuesday celebrated the completion of its new training site in Wichita where high school and technical school students can explore careers in the electrical industry.

Pratt Community College students showed off their climbing skills, going up and down practice electrical poles with special boots equipped with steel shanks.

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Environmental regulations and commitments to address global warming are certainly not on terra firma. The Trump administration has vowed to ease emissions controls for power plants and to get coal miners back to work.

The Jeffrey Energy Center, in St. Mary’s, Kansas, near Topeka, is one such coal-fired power plant.

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The CEO of Westar says the utility and Great Plains Energy will file their new merger plan with Kansas regulators later this month.

CEO Mark Ruelle says meetings will be scheduled later this year for a shareholder vote on the proposal.

Ruelle updated investors yesterday [Wednesday] on the second plan to combine the utilities. The Kansas Corporation Commission rejected a proposal in April for the $12.2 billion sale of Westar to Great Plains.

Ruelle says paperwork will be filed with state and federal entities by the end of August.

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